On various senses of “conventional” and their interrelation in the philosophy of physics: simultaneity as a case study

Publication Year:
2009
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4854
Author(s):
Dorato, Mauro
preprint description
My aim in this note is to disambiguate various senses of ‘conventional’ that in the philosophy of physics have been frequently conflated. As a case study, I will refer to the well-known issue of the conventionality of simultaneity in the special theory of relativity, since it is particularly in this context that the above mentioned confusion is present.