Curve it, gauge it, or leave it? Practical underdetermination in gravitational theories

Four empirically equivalent versions of general relativity, namely standard GR, Lorentz-invariant gravitational theory,and the gravitational gauge theories of the Lorentz and translation groups, are investigated in the form of a case study for theory underdetermination. The various ontological indeterminacies (both underdetermination and inscrutability of reference) inherent in gravitational theories are analyzed in a detailed comparative study. The concept of practical underdetermination is proposed, followed by a discussion of its adequacy to describe scientific progress.
Keywords gauge theories of gravity  fiber bundles  ontologicalunderdetermination
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DOI 10.1023/B:JGPS.0000005161.79937.ab
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