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Spacetime functionalists should be inferentialists

Menon, Tushar (2023) Spacetime functionalists should be inferentialists. [Preprint]

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Abstract

This paper offers a reading of spacetime functionalism as a form of inferential-role metasemantics. It argues that, on this reading, the spacetime functionalist has the resources to deal with two significant challenges in the foundations of spacetime theories: (i) how to account for the manner in which spacetime vocabulary gains purchase on the world and (ii) how to clarify the explanatory relationship between (external) dynamical symmetries and spacetime symmetries in classical spacetime theories.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Menon, Tushartm399.acu@pm.me0009-0004-7216-6197
Keywords: Spacetime, Metasemantics, Inferentialism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr Tushar Menon
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2024 03:31
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2024 03:31
Item ID: 23001
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 27 September 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/23001

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