Leibnizian relationalism for general relativistic physics

Antonio Vassallo , Michael Esfeld


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.
Author Antonio Vassallo (FASS / DPEA)
Antonio Vassallo,,
- Department of Philosophy and Ethics in Administration
, Michael Esfeld
Michael Esfeld,,
Journal seriesStudies 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
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishLeibnizian relationalism; Humeanism; General relativity; Gravity; Shape dynamics; Duality
ASJC Classification1202 History; 1207 History and Philosophy of Science; 3100 General Physics and Astronomy
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1355219816301186
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 5; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.717; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 0.382 (2) - 2016=0.459 (5)
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