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There is No Conspiracy of Inertia

Samaroo, Ryan (2015) There is No Conspiracy of Inertia. [Preprint]

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I examine two claims that arise in Brown’s account of inertial motion in Physical Relativity (2005). Brown claims there is something objectionable about the way in which the motions of free particles in Newtonian theory and special relativity are coordinated. Brown also claims that since a geodesic principle can be derived in Einsteinian gravitation the objectionable feature is explained away. I argue that there is nothing objectionable about inertia and that, while the theorems that motivate Brown’s second claim can be said to figure in a deductive-nomological explanation, their main contribution lies in their explication rather than their explanation of inertial motion.


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Samaroo, Ryanryan.samaroo@bristol.ac.uk
Keywords: inertial motion; conservation of energy-momentum; Newtonian theory; geodesic theorems; general relativity; theory of space-time theories; space-time structure; action-reaction principle; explanation in physical theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Dr Ryan Samaroo
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 13:23
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 13:23
Item ID: 11781
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11781

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