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Two Dogmas of Dynamicism

Weatherall, James Owen (2020) Two Dogmas of Dynamicism. [Preprint]

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Abstract

I critically discuss two dogmas of the "dynamical approach" to spacetime in general relativity, as advanced by Harvey Brown [Physical Relativity (2005) Oxford:Oxford University Press] and collaborators. The first dogma is that positing a "spacetime geometry" has no implications for the behavior of matter. The second dogma is that postulating the "Strong Equivalence Principle" suffices to ensure that matter is "adapted" to spacetime geometry. I conclude by discussing "spacetime functionalism". The discussion is presented in reaction to and sympathy with recent work by James Read ["Explanation, geometry, and conspiracy in relativity theory"(20??) Thinking about Spacetime. Boston: Birkauser].


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Item Type: Preprint
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Weatherall, James Owenweatherj@uci.edu
Keywords: general relativity, dynamical view, geometrical view, strong equivalence principle
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: James Owen Weatherall
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2020 04:05
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2020 04:05
Item ID: 17354
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17354

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