Mind 115 (457):41--73 (2006)
A version of relationism that takes spatiotemporal structures—spatial geometry and a standard of inertia—to supervene on the history of relations between bodies is described and defended. The account is used to explain how the relationist should construe models of Newtonian mechanics in which absolute acceleration manifestly does not supervene on the relations; Ptolemaic and Copernican models for example. The account introduces a new way in which a Lewis-style ‘best system’ might capture regularities in a broadly Humean world; a defence is given against a charge of indeterminism that applies to any such approach to laws.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
On the Existence of Spacetime Structure.Erik Curiel - forthcoming - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:axw014.
The Physics and Metaphysics of Primitive Stuff.M. Esfeld, D. Lazarovici, V. Lam & M. Hubert - 2015 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:axv026.
Of Numbers and Electrons.Cian Dorr - 2010 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 110 (2pt2):133-181.
Similar books and articles
Reversing the Arrow of Explanation in the Relational Blockworld: Why Temporal Becoming, the Dynamical Brain and the External World Are All "in the Mind".W. M. Stuckey, Michael Silberstein & Michael Cifone - unknown
Reconciling Spacetime and the Quantum: Relational Blockworld and the Quantum Liar Paradox. [REVIEW]William Mark Stuckey, Michael Silbserstein & Michael Cifone - 2008 - Foundations of Physics 38 (4):348-383.
Mirror Symmetry: What is It for Relational Space to Be Orientable?Nick Huggett - 2003 - In Katherine Brading & Elena Castellani (eds.), Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections. Cambridge University Press. pp. 281.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads69 ( #75,118 of 2,158,886 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #86,489 of 2,158,886 )
How can I increase my downloads?