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Regarding `Regarding the `Hole Argument''

Menon, Tushar and Moller-Nielsen, Thomas and Read, James (2017) Regarding `Regarding the `Hole Argument''. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In his paper, ‘Regarding the ‘Hole Argument”, Weatherall suggests that models of general relativity related by a hole diffeomorphism must be regarded as being physically equivalent. At a later stage in the paper, however, he also argues that there is a sense in which two such models may be regarded as being empirically distinct—a fortiori physically distinct. We attempt to delineate the logic behind these two prima facie contradictory claims. We argue that the latter sense rests upon a misunderstanding of the import of shift arguments in the foundations of spacetime theories.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Menon, Tushartushar.menon@philosophy.ox.ac.uk
Moller-Nielsen, Thomasthomas.moller-nielsen@philosophy.ox.ac.uk
Read, Jamesjames.read@philosophy.ox.ac.uk
Keywords: General Relativity, Hole Argument, Leibniz Shifts, Spacetime
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Mr Tushar Menon
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2017 13:17
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 13:17
Item ID: 13144
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 21 June 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13144

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