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Minkowski space-time: A glorious non-entity
It is argued that Minkowski space-time cannot serve as the deep structure within a ``constructive'' version of the special theory of relativity, contrary to widespread opinion in the philosophicalExpand
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Substantivalist and Relationalist Approaches to Spacetime
Substantivalists believe that spacetime and its parts are fundamental constituents of reality. Relationalists deny this, claiming that spacetime enjoys only a derivative existence. I begin byExpand
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Chapter 4: Minkowski Space-Time: A Glorious Non-Entity
It is argued that Minkowski space-time cannot serve as the deep structure within a “constructive” version of the special theory of relativity, contrary to widespread opinion in the philosophicalExpand
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The origin of the spacetime metric: Bell's `Lorentzian pedagogy' and its significance in general relativity
The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the `Lorentzian Pedagogy' defended by J.S. Bell in his essay ``How to teach special relativity'', and to explore its consistency with Einstein's thinking fromExpand
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Handedness, parity violation, and the reality of space
In the first part of this paper a relational account of incongruent counterparts is defended against an argument due to Kant. I then consider a more recent attack on such an account, due to JohnExpand
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Points, particles, and structural realism
In his paper ``What is Structural Realism?'' James Ladyman drew a distinction between epistemological structural realism and metaphysical (or ontic) structural realism. He also drew a suggestiveExpand
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Relativistic Persistence
¿e persistence of ordinary objects is now a staple topic of contemporary metaphysics. Given the interest and industry that the debate has attracted, it is surprising that (contemporary) philosophersExpand
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Transport effects in remote-doped InSb/AlxIn1-xSb heterostructures
Low- and high-field magnetotransport measurements on two 30nm -doped InSb/AlInSb quantum wells (QWs) with different doping densities are reported. The QW two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) carrierExpand
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Background Independence, Diffeomorphism Invariance, and the Meaning of Coordinates
Diffeomorphism invariance is sometimes taken to be a criterion of background independence. This claim is commonly accompanied by a second, that the genuine physical magnitudes (the "observables") ofExpand
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Relationism Rehabilitated? II: Relativity
In a companion paper (Pooley & Brown 2001) it is argued that Julian Barbour's Machian approach to dynamics provides a genuinely relational interpretation of Newtonian dynamics and that it is moreExpand
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