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  1. Massimo Pauri (2011). Epistemic Primacy Vs. Ontological Elusiveness of Spatial Extension: Is There an Evolutionary Role for the Quantum? Foundations of Physics 41 (11):1677-1702.
    A critical re-examination of the history of the concepts of space (including spacetime of general relativity and relativistic quantum field theory) reveals a basic ontological elusiveness of spatial extension, while, at the same time, highlighting the fact that its epistemic primacy seems to be unavoidably imposed on us (as stated by A.Einstein “giving up the extensional continuum … is like to breathe in airless space”). On the other hand, Planck’s discovery of the atomization of action leads to the fundamental recognition (...)
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  2. Massimo Pauri (2007). Il quanto, il tutto e le parti: crisi dell'atomismo e spazio-temporalita. I--La scoperta del nuovo mondo: l'oggetto dissolta. Epistemologia 30 (1):3-40.
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  3. Massimo Pauri (2007). The Quantum, the Whole and the Parts: Overcoming Atomism and Spatio-Temporal Representability-I-Discovering the New World: The Object Dissoluted. Epistemologia 30 (1):3-40.
     
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  4. Luca Lusanna & Massimo Pauri, Dynamical Emergence of Instantaneous 3-Spaces in a Class of Models of General Relativity.
    The Hamiltonian structure of General Relativity (GR), for both metric and tetrad gravity in a definite continuous family of space-times, is fully exploited in order to show that: i) the "Hole Argument" can be bypassed by means of a specific "physical individuation" of point-events of the space-time manifold M^4 in terms of the "autonomous degrees of freedom" of the vacuum gravitational field (Dirac observables), while the "Leibniz equivalence" is reduced to differences in the "non-inertial appearances" (connected to gauge variables) of (...)
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  5. Luca Lusanna & Massimo Pauri (2006). Explaining Leibniz Equivalence as Difference of Non-Inertial Appearances: Dis-Solution of the Hole Argument and Physical Individuation of Point-Events. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 37 (4):692-725.
    ”The last remnant of physical objectivity of space-time” is disclosed in the case of a continuous family of spatially non-compact models of general relativity (GR). The physical individuation of point-events is furnished by the autonomous degrees of freedom of the gravitational field, (viz, the Dirac observables) which represent -as it were -the ontic part of the metric field. The physical role of the epistemic part (viz. the gauge variables) is likewise clarified as embodying the unavoidable non-inertial aspects of GR. At (...)
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  6. Luca Lusanna & Massimo Pauri, General Covariance and the Objectivity of Space-Time Point-Events.
    "The last remnant of physical objectivity of space-time" is disclosed, beyond the Leibniz equivalence, in the case of a continuous family of spatially non-compact models of general relativity. The physical individuation of point-events is furnished by the intrinsic degrees of freedom of the gravitational field, (viz, the "Dirac observables") that represent - as it were - the "ontic" part of the metric field. The physical role of the "epistemic" part (viz. the "gauge" variables) is likewise clarified. At the end, a (...)
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  7. Massimo Pauri (2003). Don't Ask Pythagoras About the Quantum. Science and Education 12 (5):467-477.
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  8. Luca Lusanna & Massimo Pauri, General Covariance and the Objectivity of Space-Time Point-Events: The Physical Role of Gravitational and Gauge Degrees of Freedom - DRAFT.
    This paper deals with a number of technical achievements that are instrumental for a dis-solution of the so-called "Hole Argument" in general relativity. Such achievements include: 1) the analysis of the "Hole" phenomenology in strict connection with the Hamiltonian treatment of the initial value problem. The work is carried through in metric gravity for the class of Christoudoulou-Klainermann space-times, in which the temporal evolution is ruled by the "weak" ADM energy; 2) a re-interpretation of "active" diffeomorphisms as "passive and metric-dependent" (...)
     
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  9. Massimo Pauri & Michele Vallisneri, Ephemeral Point-Events: Is There a Last Remnant of Physical Objectivity ?
    For the past two decades, Einstein's Hole Argument (which deals with the apparent indeterminateness of general relativity due to the general covariance of the field equations) and its resolution in terms of "Leibniz equivalence" (the statement that pseudo-Riemannian geometries related by active diffeomorphisms represent the same physical solution) have been the starting point for a lively philosophical debate on the objectivity of the point-events of space-time. It seems that Leibniz equivalence makes it impossible to consider the points of the space-time (...)
     
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  10. Massimo Pauri (2000). Leibniz, Kant and the Quantum-A Provocative Point of View About Observation, Space-Time, and the Mind-Body Issue. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 215:257-282.
  11. Massimo Pauri (1995). Book Review:Philosophical Problems of the Internal and External Worlds: Essays on the Philosophy of Adolf Grunbaum John Earman, Allen I. Janis, Gerald J. Massey, Nicholas Rescher. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 62 (3):484-.
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  12. Massimo Pauri (1991). The Universe as a Scientific Object. In Evandro Agazzi & Alberto Cordero (eds.), Philosophy and the Origin and Evolution of the Universe. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 291--339.
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  13. Mauro Dorato & Massimo Pauri, Holism and Structuralism in Classical and Quantum General Relativity.
    The main aim of our paper is to show that interpretative issues belonging to classical General Relativity (GR) might be preliminary to a deeper understanding of conceptual problems stemming from on-going attempts at constructing a quantum theory of gravity. Among such interpretative issues, we focus on the meaning of general covariance and the related question of the identity of points, by basing our investigation on the Hamiltonian formulation of GR. In particular, we argue that the adoption of a peculiar gauge-fixing (...)
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