General Covariance, Gauge Theories and the Kretschmann Objection.

Publication Year:
2001
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/380
Author(s):
Norton, John D.
preprint description
How can we reconcile two claims that are now both widely accepted: Kretschmann's claim that a requirement of general covariance is physically vacuous and the standard view that the general covariance of general relativity expresses the physically important diffeomorphism gauge freedom of general relativity? I urge that both claims can be held without contradiction if we attend to the context in which each is made.