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Why constructive relativity fails

Norton, JD (2008) Why constructive relativity fails. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Constructivists, such as Harvey Brown, urge that the geometries of Newtonian and special relativistic spacetimes result from the properties of matter. Whatever this may mean, it commits constructivists to the claim that these spacetime geometries can be inferred from the properties of matter without recourse to spatiotemporal presumptions or with few of them. I argue that the construction project only succeeds if constructivists antecedently presume the essential commitments of a realist conception of spacetime. These commitments can be avoided only by adopting an extreme form of operationalism.


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Status: Published
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Norton, JDjdnorton@pitt.eduJDNORTON
Date: 1 January 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Volume: 59
Number: 4
Page Range: 821 - 834
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1093/bjps/axn046
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: No
ISSN: 0007-0882
Date Deposited: 21 May 2009 20:54
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 12:55


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