Why Constructive Relativity Fails

  title={Why Constructive Relativity Fails},
  author={J. Norton},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={821 - 834}
  • J. Norton
  • Published 2008
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
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 commits constructivists to the claim that these spacetime geometries can be inferred from the properties of matter without recourse to spatiotemporal presumptions or with few of them. I argue that the construction project only succeeds if constructivists antecedently presume the essential commitments of a realist… Expand
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