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The local validity of special relativity, part 2: matter dynamics

Fletcher, Samuel C. and Weatherall, James Owen (2023) The local validity of special relativity, part 2: matter dynamics. Philosophy of Physics, 1 (1). ISSN 2753-5908

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In this two-part essay, we distinguish several senses in which general relativity has been regarded as “locally special relativistic.” In Part 1, we focused on senses in which a relativistic spacetime may be said to be “locally (approximately) Minkowskian.” Here, in Part 2, we consider what it might mean to say that a matter theory is “locally special relativistic.” We isolate and evaluate three criteria in the literature and show that they are incompatible: matter theories satisfying one will generally violate others. We then consider what would happen if any of those criteria failed for a given theory.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2023 13:21
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 04:19

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