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Indiscernibles, General Covariance, and Other Symmetries

Saunders, Simon (2001) Indiscernibles, General Covariance, and Other Symmetries. UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Leibniz's principle of identity of indiscernibles, formulated in modern logical terms, can be applied in a uniform way to all the exact physical symmetries, including the diffeomorphism group of general relativity. The framework that results is a form of relationalism, although it is not wedded to any reductionist program. Objections to near neighbours of these claims, by Stachel and Earman respectively, are considered and rejected.


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    Item Type: Other
    Keywords: Leibniz, identity of indiscernibles, general covariance, relationalism, relationism, Earman, Stachel, hole argument.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Depositing User: Simon W. Saunders
    Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 459
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/459

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