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Antonio Vassallo
Warsaw University of Technology
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The paper discusses from a metaphysical standpoint the nature of the dependence relation underpinning the talk of mutual action between material and spatiotemporal structures in general relativity. It is shown that the standard analyses of dependence in terms of causation or grounding are ill-suited for the general relativistic context. Instead, a non-standard analytical framework in terms of structural equation modeling is exploited, which leads to the conclusion that the kind of dependence encoded in the Einstein field equations is a novel one.
Keywords Dependence relation  Grounding  Causation  Laws of Nature  General Relativity  Spacetime  Geodesic motion  Structural equation modeling
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