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The Gauge Interpretation of the Conventionality of Simultaneity

Valente, Mario Bacelar (2018) The Gauge Interpretation of the Conventionality of Simultaneity. Lato Sensu, revue de la Société de philosophie des sciences, 5 (2). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2295-8029

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Abstract

In this work we will consider gauge interpretations of the conventionality of simultaneity as developed initially by Anderson and Stedman, and later by Rynasiewicz. We will make a critical reassessment of these interpretations in relation to the “tradition” as developed in particular by Reichenbach, Grünbaum, and Edwards. This paper will address different issues, including: the relation between these two gauge interpretations; what advantages or defects these gauge approaches might have; how “new” Rynasiewicz’s approach in relation to the previous ones is; how much of the gauge interpretation Rynasiewicz actually applies to deal with objections to the conventionality of simultaneity thesis. The conclusion is that the gauge interpretations, in their current formulation, do not provide a better “rationale” of the conventionality of simultaneity thesis that supersedes the “tradition”.


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Valente, Mario Bacelarmar.bacelar@gmail.com
Keywords: conventionality of simultaneity; gauge interpretations; synchrony transformations; diffeomorphisms
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Lato Sensu
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2018 00:12
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2018 00:12
Item ID: 15499
Journal or Publication Title: Lato Sensu, revue de la Société de philosophie des sciences
Publisher: Société de philosophie des sciences
Official URL: https://ojs.uclouvain.be/index.php/latosensu/artic...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.20416/LSRSPS.V5I2.1
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: October 2018
Page Range: pp. 1-13
Volume: 5
Number: 2
ISSN: 2295-8029
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15499

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