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On the Structure of Classical Mechanics

Barrett, Thomas William (2013) On the Structure of Classical Mechanics. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Jill North (North, 2009) has recently argued that Hamiltonian mechanics ascribes less structure to the world than Lagrangian mechanics does. I will argue that North's argument is not sound. In doing so, I will present some obstacles that must be navigated by anyone interested in comparing the amounts of structure that different physical theories ascribe to the world.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Barrett, Thomas Williamthomaswb@princeton.edu
Keywords: classical mechanics, structure, Lagrangian mechanics, Hamiltonian mechanics, statespace
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Thomas William Barrett
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2013 13:32
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2013 13:32
Item ID: 9603
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: February 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9603

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