Physical Systems

Conceptual Pathways between Flat Space-time and Matter

  • Ori Belkind

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 264)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 227-234

About this book


Based on the concept of a physical system, this book offers a new philosophical interpretation of classical mechanics and the Special Theory of Relativity. According to Belkind’s view the role of physical theory is to describe the motions of the parts of a physical system in relation to the motions of the whole. This approach provides a new perspective into the foundations of physical theory, where motions of parts and wholes of physical systems are taken to be fundamental, prior to spacetime, material properties and laws of motion. He defends this claim with a constructive project, deriving basic aspects of classical theories from the motions of parts and wholes. This exciting project will challenge readers to reevaluate how they understand the structure of the physical world in which we live.


Einstein Inertia Laws of Motion Matter Motion Newton Philosophy of Physics Philosophy of Science Philosophy of Space Philosophy of Time Physical Systems Relationalism Science and Metaphysics Scientific Method Space Spacetime

Authors and affiliations

  • Ori Belkind
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  1. 1.Dept. PhilosophyUniversity of RichmondRichmondUSA

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