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Relationalism rehabilitated? I: Classical mechanics

Abstract:
The implications for the substantivalist-relationalist controversy of Barbour and Bertotti's successful implementation of a Machian approach to dynamics are investigated. It is argued that in the context of Newtonian mechanics, the Machian framework provides a genuinely relational interpretation of dynamics and that it is more explanatory than the conventional, substantival interpretation. In a companion paper (Pooley [2002a]), the viability of the Machian framework as an interpretation of relativistic physics is explored.
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10.1093/bjps/53.2.183

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Journal:
BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Volume:
53
Issue:
2
Pages:
183-204
Publication date:
2002-06-05
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EISSN:
1464-3537
ISSN:
0007-0882
URN:
uuid:5a155070-033d-41eb-939f-fb15043ea910
Source identifiers:
143042
Local pid:
pubs:143042
Language:
English

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