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On Kinematic vs. Dynamic Approaches to Special Relativity

Van Camp, Wesley (2011) On Kinematic vs. Dynamic Approaches to Special Relativity. In: [2010] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 22nd Biennial Mtg (Montréal, QC) > PSA 2010 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    Janssen argues that special relativity is preferable to Lorentzian dynamics due to its kinematic structure. Brown, along with others, raises an objection, arguing that a dynamical understanding of special relativity is explanatorily prior and hence more fundamental than the principle theory-based kinematic structure of Minkowski spacetime. This paper challenges this objection, arguing that both Janssen and Brown miss the essential aspect of the principles of special relativity which underwrite its interpretational success. It is not its kinematic structure, but the constitutive nature of the principles it employs, by providing a coherent conceptual framework, which does the foundational work.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Special Relativity, Explanation, Principle Theory, Constructive Theory
    Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2010] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 22nd Biennial Mtg (Montréal, QC) > PSA 2010 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Dr. Wesley Van Camp
    Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2011 14:30
    Last Modified: 12 Jul 2011 14:30
    Item ID: 8715
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8715

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