The Mass of the Gravitational Field

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 73 (1):211-248 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

By mass-energy equivalence, the gravitational field has a relativistic mass density proportional to its energy density. I seek to better understand this mass of the gravitational field by asking whether it plays three traditional roles of mass: the role in conservation of mass, the inertial role, and the role as source for gravitation. The difficult case of general relativity is compared to the more straightforward cases of Newtonian gravity and electromagnetism by way of gravitoelectromagnetism, an intermediate theory of gravity that resembles electromagnetism.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,310

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Gravitation and Mass Decrease.Richard Schlegel - 1982 - Foundations of Physics 12 (8):781-795.
Relativistic Theory of Gravitation.A. A. Logunov & M. A. Mestvirishvili - 1986 - Foundations of Physics 16 (1):1-26.
Charge, Geometry, and Effective Mass.Gerald E. Marsh - 2008 - Foundations of Physics 38 (3):293-300.
Electric Field in a Gravitational Field.Amos Harpaz - 2007 - Foundations of Physics 37 (4-5):763-772.
The Homogeneous Gravitational Field.E. L. Schucking - 1985 - Foundations of Physics 15 (5):571-577.

Analytics

Added to PP
2019-01-18

Downloads
41 (#282,165)

6 months
6 (#123,603)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Charles Sebens
California Institute of Technology

Citations of this work

Dark Matter = Modified Gravity? Scrutinising the Spacetime–Matter Distinction Through the Modified Gravity/ Dark Matter Lens.Niels C. M. Martens & Dennis Lehmkuhl - 2020 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 72:237-250.
The fundamentality of fields.Charles T. Sebens - 2022 - Synthese 200 (5):1-28.

Add more citations

References found in this work

What Price Spacetime Substantivalism? The Hole Story.John Earman & John Norton - 1987 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (4):515-525.
Physical Relativity From a Functionalist Perspective.Eleanor Knox - 2018 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 67:118-124.
The Metaphysics of Space‐Time Substantivalism.Carl Hoefer - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (1):5-27.

View all 24 references / Add more references