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Is Curvature Intrinsic to Physical Space?

Graham Nerlich
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 46, No. 3 (Sep., 1979), pp. 439-458
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/186854
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Is Curvature Intrinsic to Physical Space?
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Abstract

Wesley C. Salmon (1977) has written a characteristically elegant and ingenious paper 'The Curvature of Physical Space'. He argues in it that the curvature of a space cannot be intrinsic to it. Salmon relates his view that space is affinely amorphous to Grunbaum's view (Grunbaum 1973, esp. Ch. 16 & 22) that it is metrically amorphous and acknowledges parallels between the arguments which have been offered for each opinion. I wish to dispute these conclusions on philosophical grounds quite as much as on geometrical ones. Although I concentrate most on arguing for a well defined, intrinsic affinity for physical space the arguments extend easily to support a well defined, intrinsic metric.

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