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On Feyerabend, General Relativity, and 'Unreasonable' Universes

Manchak, JB (2018) On Feyerabend, General Relativity, and 'Unreasonable' Universes. [Preprint]

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I investigate the principle *anything goes* within the context of general relativity. After a few preliminaries, I show a sense in which the universe is unknowable from within this context; I suggest that we 'keep our options open' with respect to competing models of it. Given the state of affairs, proceeding counter-inductively seems to be especially appropriate; I use this method to blur some of the usual lines between 'reasonable' and 'unreasonable' models of the universe. Along the way, one is led to a useful collection of variant theories of general relativity -- each theory incompatible with the standard formulation. One may contrast one variant theory with another in order to understand foundational questions within 'general relativity' in a more nuanced way. I close by sketching some of the work ahead if we are to embrace such a pluralistic methodology.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Manchak, JBjmanchak@uci.edu
Keywords: Feyerabend, general relativity
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: John Byron Manchak
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2018 17:30
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2018 17:30
Item ID: 14879
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: July 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14879

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