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Challenging the Spacetime Structuralist

Wuthrich, Christian (2008) Challenging the Spacetime Structuralist. In: [2008] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    Structural realist interpretations of generally relativistic spacetimes have recently come to enjoy a remarkable degree of popularity among philosophers. I present a challenge to these structuralist interpretations that arises from considering cosmological models in general relativity. As a consequence of their high degree of spacetime symmetry, these models resist a structuralist interpretation. I then evaluate the various strategies available to the structuralist to react to this challenge.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Structural realism, spacetime structuralism, identity
    Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Christian Wuthrich
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4239
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4239

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