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

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Spacetime Functionalism and General Relativity

Standard approaches to general relativity (GR) are not fit for purpose in the 21st century, where it’s increasingly apparent that GR is an effective or emergent theory. Spacetime functionalism provides an attractive alternative to the standard views. I will articulate a kind of spacetime functionalism called ‘inertial frame functionalism’ and argue that not only is this kind of spacetime functionalism the best lens through which to view GR in light of its likely status as an effective theory, but that inertial frame functionalism is already the natural view of GR even in a classical context.

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Eleanor Knox    
King's College London


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