Leibnizian relationalism for general relativistic physics

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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, ISSN: 1355-2198, Vol: 55, Page: 101-107

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http://arxiv.org/abs/1608.07257; http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12389
Vassallo, Antonio; Esfeld, Michael
Elsevier BV
Arts and Humanities; Physics and Astronomy; Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics
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An ontology of Leibnizian relationalism, consisting in distance relations among sparse matter points and their change only, is well recognized as a serious option in the context of classical mechanics. In this paper, we investigate how this ontology fares when it comes to general relativistic physics. Using a Humean strategy, we regard the gravitational field as a means to represent the overall change in the distance relations among point particles in a way that achieves the best combination of being simple and being informative.