Leibnizian relationalism for general relativistic physics
Antonio Vassallo , Michael Esfeld
AbstractAn 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.
|Journal series||Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, [Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics], ISSN 1355-2198, e-ISSN 1879-2502|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||Leibnizian relationalism; Humeanism; General relativity; Gravity; Shape dynamics; Duality|
|ASJC Classification||; ;|
|Not used for evaluation||yes|
|Publication indicators||= 5; : 2016 = 0.717; : 2016 = 0.382 (2) - 2016=0.459 (5)|
|Citation count*||13 (2020-09-23)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.