Inertia, gravitation and metaphysics

Philosophy of Science 43 (1):1-23 (1976)
Several variant "Newtonian" theories of inertia and gravitation are described, and their scientific usefulness discussed. An examination of these theories is used to throw light on traditional epistemological and metaphysical questions about space and time. Finally these results are examined in the light of the changes induced by the transition from "Newtonian" to general relativistic spacetime
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DOI 10.1086/288667
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