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Michael Esfeld
University of Lausanne
Antonio Vassallo
Warsaw University of Technology
Abstract
An ontology of Leibnizian relationalism, consisting in distance relations among sparse matter points and their change only, is well recognized as a serious option in the context of classical mechanics. In this paper, we investigate how this ontology fares when it comes to general relativistic physics. Using a Humean strategy, we regard the gravitational field as a means to represent the overall change in the distance relations among point particles in a way that achieves the best combination of being simple and being informative.
Keywords Leibnizian relationalism  Humeanism  general relativity  gravity  shape dynamics  duality
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsb.2016.08.006
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