Journal Article

Taking Self‐Excitations Seriously: On Angel's Initial Condition

Jon Pérez Laraudogoitia

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 54, issue 2, pages 319-326
Published in print June 2003 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online June 2003 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/54.2.319
Taking Self‐Excitations Seriously: On Angel's Initial Condition

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In a recent article, L. Angel ([2001]) argues that if we do not implement Newtonian physics adding to it a certain usual type of boundary condition, then this leads to the rejection of what he calls the P principle: ‘the composition of contact interactions does not create a noncontact interaction.’ Here I shall demonstrate that this conclusion does not follow. However, as will be made clear, this in no way diminishes the interest or importance of the model introduced by Angel in his paper.

1 Introduction

2 The ‘impact without contact’ argument

3 Taking self‐excitations seriously

4 Some interesting implications

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Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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