Determinism and General Relativity

  title={Determinism and General Relativity},
  author={Christopher Smeenk and Christian W{\"u}thrich},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={638 - 664}
We investigate the fate of determinism in general relativity (GR), comparing the philosopher’s account with the physicist’s well-posed initial value formulations. The fate of determinism is interwoven with the question of what it is for a spacetime to be ‘physically reasonable’. A central concern is the status of global hyperbolicity, a putatively necessary condition for determinism in GR. While global hyperbolicity may fail to be true of all physically reasonable models, we analyze whether… 

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