Prediction in general relativity

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Synthese, ISSN: 0039-7857, Vol: 194, Issue: 2, Page: 491-509

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C. D. McCoy
Springer Nature; Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences
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Several authors have claimed that prediction is essentially impossible in the general theory of relativity, the case being particularly strong, it is said, when one fully considers the epistemic predicament of the observer. Each of these claims rests on the support of an underdetermination argument and a particular interpretation of the concept of prediction. I argue that these underdetermination arguments fail and depend on an implausible explication of prediction in the theory. The technical results adduced in these arguments can be related to certain epistemic issues, but can only be misleadingly or mistakenly characterized as related to prediction.