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  1. Understanding Space-Time: The Philosophical Development of Physics From Newton to Einstein.Robert DiSalle - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
    Presenting the history of space-time physics, from Newton to Einstein, as a philosophical development DiSalle reflects our increasing understanding of the connections between ideas of space and time and our physical knowledge. He suggests that philosophy's greatest impact on physics has come about, less by the influence of philosophical hypotheses, than by the philosophical analysis of concepts of space, time and motion, and the roles they play in our assumptions about physical objects and physical measurements. This way of thinking leads (...)
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  2. Space and Time: Inertial Frames.Robert DiSalle - unknown
    A “frame of reference” is a standard relative to which motion and rest may be measured; any set of points or objects that are at rest relative to one another enables us, in principle, to describe the relative motions of bodies. A frame of reference is therefore a purely kinematical device, for the geometrical description of motion without regard to the masses or forces involved. A dynamical account of motion leads to the idea of an “inertial frame,” or a reference (...)
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  3. Newton's Philosophical Analysis of Space and Time.Robert DiSalle - 2002 - In I. Bernard Cohen & George E. Smith (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Newton. Cambridge University Press. pp. 33--56.
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  4. On Dynamics, Indiscernibility, and Spacetime Ontology.Robert Disalle - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (1):265-287.
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    Conventionalism and Modern Physics: A Re-Assessment.Robert DiSalle - 2006 - In Emily Carson & Renate Huber (eds.), Noûs. Springer. pp. 181--211.
  6. Reconsidering Kant, Friedman, Logical Positivism, and the Exact Sciences.Robert DiSalle - 2002 - Philosophy of Science 69 (2):191-211.
    This essay considers the nature of conceptual frameworks in science, and suggests a reconsideration of the role played by philosophy in radical conceptual change. On Kuhn's view of conceptual conflict, the scientist's appeal to philosophical principles is an obvious symptom of incommensurability; philosophical preferences are merely “subjective factors” that play a part in the “necessarily circular” arguments that scientists offer for their own conceptual commitments. Recent work by Friedman has persuasively challenged this view, revealing the roles that philosophical concerns have (...)
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    Spacetime Theory as Physical Geometry.Robert Disalle - 1995 - Erkenntnis 42 (3):317-337.
    Discussions of the metaphysical status of spacetime assume that a spacetime theory offers a causal explanation of phenomena of relative motion, and that the fundamental philosophical question is whether the inference to that explanation is warranted. I argue that those assumptions are mistaken, because they ignore the essential character of spacetime theory as a kind of physical geometry. As such, a spacetime theory does notcausally explain phenomena of motion, but uses them to construct physicaldefinitions of basic geometrical structures by coordinating (...)
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  8. 10. Interpreting Quantum Field Theory Interpreting Quantum Field Theory (Pp. 348-378).Michael Friedman, Robert DiSalle, J. D. Trout, Shaun Nichols, Maralee Harrell, Clark Glymour, Carl G. Wagner, Kent W. Staley, Jesús P. Zamora Bonilla & Frederick M. Kronz - 2002 - Philosophy of Science 69 (2).
     
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  9. Synthesis, the Synthetic a Priori, and the Origins of Modern Space-Time Theory.Robert DiSalle - 2010 - In Michael Friedman, Mary Domski & Michael Dickson (eds.), Discourse on a New Method: Reinvigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science. Open Court.
  10. Inferences From Phenomena in Gravitational Physics.William Harper & Robert DiSalle - 1996 - Philosophy of Science 63 (3):54.
    Newton's methodology emphasized propositions "inferred from phenomena." These rest on systematic dependencies that make phenomena measure theoretical parameters. We consider the inferences supporting Newton's inductive argument that gravitation is proportional to inertial mass. We argue that the support provided by these systematic dependencies is much stronger than that provided by bootstrap confirmation; this kind of support thus avoids some of the major objections against bootstrapping. Finally we examine how contemporary testing of equivalence principles exemplifies this Newtonian methodological theme.
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    Conventionalism and Modern Physics: A Re-Assessment.Robert Disalle - 2002 - Noûs 36 (2):169–200.
  12. Helmholtz's Empiricist Philosophy of Mathematics. Between Laws of Perception and Laws of Nature.Robert DiSalle - 1993 - In David Cahan (ed.), Hermann von Helmholtz and the Foundations of Nineteenth-Century Science. University of California Press. pp. 498--521.
     
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    Einstein, Newton and the Empirical Foundations of Space Time Geometry.Robert DiSalle - 1992 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 6 (3):181 – 189.
    Abstract Einstein intended the general theory of relativity to be a generalization of the relativity of motion and, therefore, a radical departure from previous spacetime theories. It has since become clear, however, that this intention was not fulfilled. I try to explain Einstein's misunderstanding on this point as a misunderstanding of the role that spacetime plays in physics. According to Einstein, earlier spacetime theories introduced spacetime as the unobservable cause of observable relative motions and, in particular, as the cause of (...)
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    Reconsidering Ernst Mach on Space, Time, and Motion.Robert DiSalle - 2002 - In David B. Malament (ed.), Reading Natural Philosophy: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science and Mathematics. Open Court. pp. 167--191.
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    Conventionalism and the Origins of the Inertial Frame Concept.Robert DiSalle - 1990 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:139 - 147.
    This paper examines methodological issues that arose in the course of the development of the inertial frame concept in classical mechanics. In particular it examines the origins and motivations of the view that the equivalence of inertial frames leads to a kind of conventionalism. It begins by comparing the independent versions of the idea found in J. Thomson (1884) and L. Lange (1885); it then compares Lange's conventionalist claims with traditional geometrical conventionalism. It concludes by examining some implications for contemporary (...)
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    The Transcendental Method From Newton to Kant.Robert DiSalle - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 44 (3):448-456.
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    Book Review:Philosophy and Spacetime Physics Lawrence Sklar. [REVIEW]Robert DiSalle - 1989 - Philosophy of Science 56 (4):714-.
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    Book Review:Mach I, Mach II, Einstein, und Die Relativitatstheorie. Eine Falschung und Ihre Folgen Gereon Wolter. [REVIEW]Robert DiSalle - 1990 - Philosophy of Science 57 (4):712-.
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  19. The “Essential Properties” of Matter, Space, and Time.Robert DiSalle - 1990 - In Phillip Bricker & R. I. G. Hughes (eds.), Philosophical Perspectives on Newtonian Science. MIT Press.
     
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    Philosophy and Spacetime Physics. Lawrence Sklar.Robert DiSalle - 1989 - Philosophy of Science 56 (4):714-717.
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    Carl Gottfried Neumann.Robert Disalle - 1993 - Science in Context 6 (1).
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    Kant and the Exact Sciences by Michael Friedman. [REVIEW]Robert Disalle - 1994 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 85:159-160.
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    Einstein's Revolution: A Study in Heuristic. Elie Zahar.Robert DiSalle - 1990 - Isis 81 (4):809-810.
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    Einstein's Revolution: A Study in Heuristic by Elie Zahar. [REVIEW]Robert Disalle - 1990 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 81:809-810.
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  25. Kant and the Exact SciencesMichael Friedman.Robert Disalle - 1994 - Isis 85 (1):159-160.
  26. Mach I, Mach II, Einstein, und Die Relativitätstheorie. Eine Fälschung und Ihre Folgen. Gereon Wolter.Robert DiSalle - 1990 - Philosophy of Science 57 (4):712-723.
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