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Dependence Relations in General Relativity

Vassallo, Antonio (2019) Dependence Relations in General Relativity. [Preprint]

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The paper discusses from a metaphysical standpoint the nature of the dependence relation underpinning the talk of mutual action between material and spatiotemporal structures in general relativity. It is shown that the standard analyses of dependence in terms of causation or grounding are ill-suited for the general relativistic context. Instead, a non-standard analytical framework in terms of structural equation modeling is exploited, which leads to the conclusion that the kind of dependence encoded in the Einstein field equations is a novel one.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Vassallo, Antonioantonio.vassallo1977@gmail.com0000-0002-1846-5362
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in the European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Dependence relation, grounding, causation, laws of nature, general relativity, spacetime, geodesic motion, structural equation modeling
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Antonio Vassallo
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 03:33
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 03:33
Item ID: 16514
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-019-0265-5
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 10 October 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16514

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