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Why Constructive Relativity Fails

Norton, John D. (2007) Why Constructive Relativity Fails. In: [2007] Symposium on Time and Relativity (Minneapolis, MN, 25-27 October, 2007).

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    Constructivists, such as Harvey Brown, urge that the geometry of Newtonian and special relativistic spacetimes results from the properties of matter. Whatever this may mean, it commits constructivists to the claim that these spacetime geometries can be inferred from the properties of matter without recourse to spatiotemporal presumptions or with few of them. I argue that the construction project only succeeds if constructivists antecedently presume the essential commitments of a realist conception of spacetime. These commitments can be avoided only by adopting an extreme form of operationalism.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: relativity spacetime constructive dynamical
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] Symposium on Time and Relativity (Minneapolis, MN, 25-27 October, 2007)
    Depositing User: John Norton
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3655
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3655

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