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Leibnizian relationalism for general relativistic physics

Vassallo, Antonio and Esfeld, Michael (2016) Leibnizian relationalism for general relativistic physics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

An ontology of Leibnizian relationalism, consisting in distance relations among sparse matter points and their change only, is well recognized as a serious option in the context of classical mechanics. In this paper, we investigate how this ontology fares when it comes to general relativistic physics. Using a Humean strategy, we regard the gravitational field as a means to represent the overall change in the distance relations among point particles in a way that achieves the best combination of being simple and being informative.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Vassallo, Antonioantonio.vassallo@unil.ch0000-0002-1846-5362
Esfeld, MichaelMichael-Andreas.Esfeld@unil.ch
Keywords: Leibnizian relationalism, Humeanism, general relativity, gravity, shape dynamics, duality
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Antonio Vassallo
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 19:53
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2016 19:53
Item ID: 12389
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2016.08.006
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: August 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12389

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