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Relativity theory between structural and dynamical explanations

Dorato, Mauro (2006) Relativity theory between structural and dynamical explanations. [Preprint]


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In this review article I discuss Harvey Brown’s recent book Physical Relativity (OUP, 2005) by presenting and criticizing some of his main arguments in favour of a dynamical underpinning of rods contractions and clocks dilations. The problem about how we should understand contractions and dilations raises deep questions on the nature of physical explanations, which are addressed only partially by Einstein’s distinction between Principle theories and constructive theories.

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Item Type: Preprint
Dorato, Mauro
Keywords: relativity, spacetime, explanation, kinematics, dynamics, inertia, rod contractions, clock dilations
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 3108

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