David Lewis Meets Hamilton and Jacobi

Publication Year:
2003
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1191
Author(s):
Butterfield, Jeremy
conference paper description
I commemorate David Lewis by discussing an aspect of modality within analytical mechanics, which is closely related to his work on counterfactuals. This concerns the way Hamilton-Jacobi theory uses ensembles, i.e. sets of possible initial conditions. (A companion paper discusses other aspects of modality in analytical mechanics that are equally related to Lewis' work.)