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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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    Item Type: Preprint
    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 11:19
    Item ID: 5483
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5483

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