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What Price Spacetime Substantivalism? The Hole Story
  • J. Earman, J. Norton
  • Physics
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1 December 1987
Spacetime substantivalism leads to a radical form of indeterminism within a very broad class of spacetime theories which include our best spacetime theory, general relativity. Extending an argumentExpand
General covariance and the foundations of general relativity: eight decades of dispute
Einstein offered the principle of general covariance as the fundamental physical principle of his general theory of relativity and as responsible for extending the principle of relativity toExpand
Approximation and Idealization: Why the Difference Matters*
  • J. Norton
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 23 March 2012
It is proposed that we use the term “approximation” for inexact description of a target system and “idealization” for another system whose properties also provide an inexact description of the targetExpand
Causation as Folk Science
I deny that the world is fundamentally causal, deriving the skepticism on non-Humean grounds from our enduring failures to find a contingent, universal principle of causality that holds true of ourExpand
Are Thought Experiments Just What You Thought
Whatever the original intent, the introduction of the term 'thought experiment' has proved to be one of the great public relations coups of science writing. For generations of readers of scientificExpand
Forever Is a Day: Supertasks in Pitowsky and Malament-Hogarth Spacetimes
The standard theory of computation excludes computations whose completion requires an infinite number of steps. Malament-Hogarth spacetimes admit observers whose pasts contain entire future-directed,Expand
What was Einstein's principle of equivalence?
  • J. Norton
  • Mathematics, Physics
  • 1 September 1985
Why Constructive Relativity Fails
  • J. Norton
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1 December 2008
Constructivists, such as Harvey Brown, urge that the geometries of Newtonian and special relativistic spacetimes result from the properties of matter. Whatever this may mean, it commitsExpand