Gravitation as a universal force

Synthese 73 (2):381 - 397 (1987)
In his book Philosophie der Raum-Zeit-Lehre (1928) Reichenbach introduced the concept of universal force. Reichenbach's use of this concept was later severely criticized by Grünbaum. In this article it is argued that although Grünbaum's criticism is correct in an important respect, it misses part of Reichenbach's intentions. An attempt is made to clarify and defend Reichenbach's position, and to show that universal force is a useful notion in the physically important case of gravitation.
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DOI 10.1007/BF00484749
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Hans Reichenbach (1951). The Rise of Scientific Philosophy. Berkeley, University of California Press.

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