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The dynamical approach to relativity as a form of regularity relationalism

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This thesis investigates the interplay between explanatory issues in special relativity and the theory’s metaphysical foundations. Special attention is given to the ‘dynamical approach’ to relativity, promoted primarily by Harvey Brown and collaborators, according to which the symmetries of dynamical laws are explanatory of relativistic effects, inertial motion, and even the Minkowskian geometrical structure of a specially relativistic world.

The thesis begins with a review of Einst...

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Exeter College
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University of Oxford

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