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The Physics and Metaphysics of Pure Shape Dynamics

Vassallo, Antonio and Naranjo, Pedro and Koslowski, Tim (2022) The Physics and Metaphysics of Pure Shape Dynamics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The goal of this essay is twofold. First, it provides a quick look at the foundations of modern relational mechanics by tracing its development from Julian Barbour and Bruno Bertotti's original ideas until present-day's pure shape dynamics. Secondly, it discusses the most appropriate metaphysics for pure shape dynamics, showing that relationalism is more of a nuanced thesis rather than an elusive one. The chapter ends with a brief assessment of the prospects of pure shape dynamics in light of quantum physics.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Vassallo, Antonioantonio.vassallo1977@gmail.com0000-0002-1846-5362
Naranjo, Pedro
Koslowski, Tim
Additional Information: To appear in A. Vassallo (Ed.), The Foundations of Spacetime Physics: Philosophical Perspectives. Routledge.
Keywords: Pure shape dynamics, relationalism, shape space realism, monism, ontic structural realism.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Antonio Vassallo
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2022 02:15
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2022 02:15
Item ID: 20319
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20319

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