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Prediction in General Relativity

McCoy, C.D. (2017) Prediction in General Relativity. Synthese, 194 (2). pp. 491-509. ISSN 1573-0964

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Several authors have claimed that prediction is essentially impossible in the general theory of relativity, the case being particularly strong, it is said, when one fully considers the epistemic predicament of the observer. Each of these claims rests on the support of an underdetermination argument and a particular interpretation of the concept of prediction. I argue that these underdetermination arguments fail and depend on an implausible explication of prediction in the theory. The technical results adduced in these arguments can be related to certain epistemic issues, but can only be misleadingly or mistakenly characterized as related to prediction.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: prediction; general theory of relativity; theory interpretation; global spacetime structure
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Casey McCoy
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2017 22:35
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2017 22:35
Item ID: 12829
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
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Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: February 2017
Page Range: pp. 491-509
Volume: 194
Number: 2
ISSN: 1573-0964

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