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The constructivist’s programme and the problem of pregeometry

Linnemann, Niels and Salimkhani, Kian (2021) The constructivist’s programme and the problem of pregeometry. [Preprint]

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Prominently, Norton (2008) argues against constructivism about spacetime theories, the doctrine that spatiotemporal structure in the dynamics only has derivative status. Among other things, he accuses Brown and Pooley's dynamical approach to special relativity of being merely half-way constructivist: setting up relativistic fields as presupposed in the dynamical approach to special relativity already requires spatiotemporal background structure (pregeometry from now on). We first assess a recent solution proposal by Menon and then provide our very own defense of constructivism along two independent lines.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Linnemann, Nielsniels.linnemann@uni-bremen.de0000-0002-3695-8611
Salimkhani, Kiank.salimkhani@uni-koeln.de0000-0003-3453-402X
Keywords: manifold, pregeometry, spacetime constructivism, dynamical approach, relativity theory, regularity relationalism
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Mr. Kian Salimkhani
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2021 06:10
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2021 06:10
Item ID: 20035
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: December 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20035

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