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How to Defeat W\"{u}thrich’s Abysmal Embarrassment Argument against Space-Time Structuralism

Muller, F.A. (2011) How to Defeat W\"{u}thrich’s Abysmal Embarrassment Argument against Space-Time Structuralism. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    In his 2009 PSA Recent Ph.D. Award winning contribution to the bi-annual PSA Conference at Pittsburgh in 2008, C. Wu ̈thrich mounted an argument against struc- turalism about space-time in the context of the General Theory of Relativity (GTR), to the effect that structuralists cannot discern space-time points. An “abysmal embarrass- ment” for the structuralist, Wu ̈thrich judged. Wu ̈thrich’s characterisation of space-time structuralism is however incorrect. We demonstrate how, on the basis of a correct char- acterisation of space-time structuralism, it is possible to discern space-time points in the GTR-structures under consideration. Thus Wu ̈thrich’s argument crumbles.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: To appear in PSA 2010 Proceedings in *Philosophy of Science*
    Keywords: space and time, general theory of relativity, philosophy of physics, structuralism
    Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Depositing User: F.A. Muller
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 08:12
    Last Modified: 05 Oct 2011 08:12
    Item ID: 8825
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8825

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