The Explanatory Power of Phase Spaces

@inproceedings{Lyon2007TheEP,
  title={The Explanatory Power of Phase Spaces},
  author={Aidan Lyon and Mark Colyvan},
  year={2007}
}
David Malament argued that Hartry Field’s nominalisation program is unlikely to be able to deal with non-space-time theories such as phasespace theories. We give a specific example of such a phase-space theory and argue that this presentation of the theory delivers explanations that are not available in the classical presentation of the theory. This suggests that even if phase-space theories can be nominalised, the resulting theory will not have the explanatory power of the original. Phase… CONTINUE READING

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