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Principle or Constructive Relativity?

Frisch, Mathias (2010) Principle or Constructive Relativity? In: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    I examine Harvey Brown’s account of relativity as dynamic and constructive theory and Michel Janssen recent criticism of it. By contrasting Einstein’s principle-constructive distinction with a related distinction by Lorentz, I argue that Einstein's distinction presents a false dichotomy. Appealing to Lorentz’s distinction, I argue that there is less of a disagreement between Brown and Janssen than appears initially and, hence, that Brown’s view presents less of a departure from orthodoxy than it may seem. Neither the kinematics-dynamics distinction nor Einstein’s principle- and constructive theory distinction ultimately capture their disagreement, which may instead be a disagreement about the role of modality in science and the explanatory force of putatively nomic constraints.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Special Relativity, Einstein, Lorentz, principle theories, constructive theories
    Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Mathias Frisch
    Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5243
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5243

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