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On the sovereign independence of spacetime

Nerlich, Graham (2010) On the sovereign independence of spacetime. [Preprint]

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ABSTRACT: Special Relativity is not a branch of electromagnetism: it does not depend on light’s having a constant, limiting speed. If the theory is true, it depends on no matter theory. Rather, very general and familiar symmetries of space and time impose the form of the Lorentz transformation on every matter theory, independently of any that obeys it. I explore this and its metaphysical consequences.


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Nerlich, Graham
Keywords: Special relativity, Minkowski, substantivalism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Graham Nerlich
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2010
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:19
Item ID: 5483
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5483

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