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Relationism Rehabilitated? I: Classical Mechanics

Pooley, Oliver and Brown, Harvey R. (2001) Relationism Rehabilitated? I: Classical Mechanics. [Preprint]


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The implications for the substantivalist--relationist controversy of Barbour and Bertotti's successful implementation of a Machian approach to dynamics are investigated. It is argued that in the context of Newtonian mechanics the Machian framework provides a genuinely relational interpretation of dynamics and that it is more explanatory than the conventional, substantival interpretation. In a companion paper (Pooley 2001), the implications of the Machian approach for the interpretation of relativistic physics are explored.

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Item Type: Preprint
Pooley, Oliver
Brown, Harvey R.
Keywords: Machianism, relationism, space, spacetime, space-time, substantivalism, absolutism, Barbour, Belot
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Depositing User: Oliver Pooley
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2001
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 220

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