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David Lewis Meets Hamilton and Jacobi

Butterfield, Jeremy (2003) David Lewis Meets Hamilton and Jacobi. In: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Symposia. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    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)
    Additional Information: Dedicated to the memory of David Lewis
    Keywords: modality, analytical mechanics, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, counterfactuals
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Symposia
    Depositing User: Jeremy Butterfield
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1191
    Public Domain: No
    Conference Date: 7-10 November 2002
    Conference Location: Milwaukee, USA
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1191

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