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David Lewis Meets Hamilton and Jacobi

Butterfield, Jeremy (2003) David Lewis Meets Hamilton and Jacobi. In: UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)


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I commemorate David Lewis by discussing an aspect of modality within analytical mechanics, which is closely related to his work on counterfactuals. This concerns the way Hamilton-Jacobi theory uses ensembles, i.e. sets of possible initial conditions. (A companion paper discusses other aspects of modality in analytical mechanics that are equally related to Lewis' work.)

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Butterfield, Jeremy
Additional Information: Dedicated to the memory of David Lewis
Keywords: modality, analytical mechanics, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, counterfactuals
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Depositing User: Jeremy Butterfield
Date Deposited: 30 May 2003
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:11
Item ID: 1191
Public Domain: No
Conference Date: 7-10 November 2002
Conference Location: Milwaukee, USA

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