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On Identifying Background-Structure in Classical Field Theories

Samaroo, Ryan (2013) On Identifying Background-Structure in Classical Field Theories. [Preprint]

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Abstract

I examine a property of theories called ‘background-independence’ that Einsteinian gravitation is thought to exemplify. This concept has figured in the work of Rovelli (2001; 2004), Smolin (2006), Giulini (2007), and Belot (2011), among others. I propose and evaluate a few candidates for background-independence, and I show that there is something chimaerical about the concept. I argue, however, that there is a proposal that clarifies the feature of Einsteinian gravitation that motivates the concept.


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Samaroo, Ryanryan.samaroo@bristol.ac.uk
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Keywords: background-structure, background-independence, geometric objects, absolute objects, space-time structures, Newton, Einstein, Newtonian mechanics, Newtonian gravitation, general relativity, classical field theories, action-reaction principle, Trautman-Anderson-Friedman programme
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Dr Ryan Samaroo
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 14:35
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 14:35
Item ID: 11720
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 17 September 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11720

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