PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Regularity Relationalism and the Constructivist Project

It has been argued (Stevens 2015) that Harvey Brown and Oliver Pooley’s ‘dynamical approach’ to special relativity must be what might be called an ontologically and ideologically relationalist approach to Minkowski geometry, according to which Minkowski geometrical structure supervenes upon the symmetries of the best-systems dynamical laws for a material world with primitive topological or differentiable structure. Fleshing out the details of some such primitive structure, and a conception of laws according to which Minkowski geometry could so supervene, has been referred to as the ‘constructivist project’. It is argued that Nick Huggett’s work on ‘regularity relationalism’ sets the stage for such a project, and a relativistic version of
Huggett’s regularity relationalism is introduced for that purpose.

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Syman Stevens    

 

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