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James Read (Oxford): “Geometry and conspiracy in relativity theory”
21 May 2018, 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Abstract: I discuss the debate between advocates of dynamical versus geometrical approaches to spacetime theories, in the context of both special and general relativity. By distinguishing between what I call ‘individual’ versus ‘modal’ constraints, I argue—pace e.g. Brown—that there exists available a perfectly viable form of the geometrical approach.
James Read is a DPhil candidate in Philosophy at the University of Oxford.