Constructing or completing physical geometry? On the relation between theory and evidence in accounts of space-time structure

Philosophy of Science 57 (3):369-394 (1990)
The aim of this paper is to discuss the relation between the observation basis and the theoretical principles of General Relativity. More specifically, this relation is analyzed with respect to constructive axiomatizations of the observation basis of space-time theories, on the one hand, and in attempts to complete them, on the other. The two approaches exclude one another so that a choice between them is necessary. I argue that the completeness approach is preferable for methodological reasons
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DOI 10.1086/289564
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