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Frisch, Muller and Belot on an Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics

Vickers, Peter (2007) Frisch, Muller and Belot on an Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics. [Preprint]


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This paper follows up a debate as to whether classical electrodynamics is inconsistent. Mathias Frisch makes the claim in Inconsistency, Asymmetry and Non-Locality ([2005]), but this has been quickly countered by Fred Muller ([2007]) and Gordon Belot ([2007]). Here I argue that both Muller and Belot fail to connect with the background assumptions which support Frisch’s claim. Responding to Belot I explicate Frisch’s position in more detail, before providing my own criticisms. Correcting Frisch’s position, I find that I can present the theory in a way both authors can agree upon. Differences then manifest themselves purely within the reasoning methods employed.

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Item Type: Preprint
Vickers, Peter
Commentary on: Belot, Gordon (2006) Is Classical Electrodynamics an Inconsistent Theory? [Preprint]
Additional Information: Forthcoming in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Electrodynamics, Frisch, Muller, Belot, Consistent, Inconsistent, Consistency, Inconsistency
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Depositing User: Dr Peter Vickers
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:15
Item ID: 3661

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