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Michael Friedman's Foundations of Space-Time Theories

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 April 2022

Robert Weingard
Affiliation:
Department of Philosophy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Gerrit Smith
Affiliation:
Department of Philosophy, Fordham University

Abstract

Foundations of Space-Time Theories, by Michael Friedman, falls naturally into two parts. In the first, he presents the general framework within which he will characterize and discuss space-time theories, and then he devotes a chapter each to Newtonian physics, special relativity, and general relativity. Although there is some rich philosophical discussion along the way, these chapters are, of necessity, somewhat technical expositions of the general framework in action. It is in the second part, consisting of two substantial chapters, one on relationalism, the other on conventionalism, that more general philosophical issues are addressed.

Type
Critical Notice
Copyright
Copyright © The Philosophy of Science Association 1986

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Footnotes

We wish to thank the anonymous referee mentioned in notes one and four for some very helpful criticisms.

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