Papers

Manuscripts

Newton's Principia and Philosophical Mechanics.

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How physics flew the philosophers' nest. With Marius Stan.

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Forthcoming. Hilbert on general covariance and causality. With Thomas Ryckman.

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Metaphysics as modelling: a reply to L. A. Paul.

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Publications

In press. A note on rods and clocks in Newton's Principia. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. Available online. DOI:10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.07.004 

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2018 (online). Newton on Body. The Oxford Handbook of Newton, ed. Eric Schliesser and Chris Smeenk. Available online. DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199930418.013.10

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2018. Émilie Du Châtelet and the problem of bodies’, in Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, ed. E. Thomas. Cambridge University Press, 150-168.

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2017. Epistemic Structural Realism and Poincaré's Philosophy of Science’, with Elise Crull, HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 7, 108-129.

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2017. Time for empiricist metaphysics, in Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science, ed. M. Slater and Z. Yudell. Oxford University Press, 14-38.

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2015. Physically locating the present: a case of reading physics as a contribution to philosophy, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 50, 13-19.

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2013. Three principles of unity in Newton, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 44, 408-415.

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2013. Presentism as an empirical hypothesis, Philosophy of Science 80, 1101–1111. (view paper)

2012. Underdetermination as a path to ontic structural realism, with Alex Skiles, in Structure, Object, and Causality: Proceedings of the Banff Workshop on Structural Realism, ed. E. Landry and D. Rickles. University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, Springer, 99-116.

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2012. Newton’s law-constitutive approach to bodies: a response to Descartes, in Interpreting Newton: critical essays, ed. A. Janiak & E. Schliesser, Cambridge University Press.

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2012. Hilbert’s Axiomatic Method and his “Foundations of Physics”: Reconciling Causality with the Axiom of General Invariance, with T. A. Ryckman, in Einstein and the Changing Worldviews of Physics, Einstein Studies 12, Ch. 8, 175-199.

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2011. Structuralist approaches to physics: objects, models and modality, in Scientific Structuralism, Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science, ed. Alisa and Peter Bokulich, pp.43-65.

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2011. On composite systems: Descartes, Newton, and the law-constitutive approach, in Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Nature: Descartes and Beyond, ed. Dana Jalobeanu and Peter Anstey, Studies in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, Routledge, 130-152. (view paper)

2010. Autonomous patterns and scientific realism, Philosophy of Science 77, pp. 827-839.

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2008. Hilbert’s “Foundations of Physics”: Gravitation and electromagnetism within the axiomatic method, with T. A. Ryckman, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 39, pp. 102-153.

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2007. Symmetry in classical physics, with E. Castellani, in Handbook of the Philosophy of Physics, ed. J. Butterfield and J. Earman, North-Holland, 1331-1367. (view paper)

2006. Scientific Structuralism: Presentation and Representation, with E. Landry, Philosophy of Science 73, 571-81.

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2005. Where lies the empirical significance of symmetry in physics?, Symétries, Contributions au séminaire de Hans-Sur-Lesse, ed. P. Radelet, Brepols Publishers n. v., Turnhout, Belgium, 63-71.

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2005. A Note on General Relativity, Energy Conservation, and Noether’s Theorems’, in The Universe of General Relativity, Einstein Studies 11, ed. A. J. Kox and J. Eisenstaedt, 125-135.

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2004. Are gauge symmetry transformations observable?, with H. R. Brown, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 55, 645-665.

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2003. Symmetry and Symmetry-Breaking, The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science, OUP, 784-786.

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2003. Symmetry and Symmetry-Breaking, with E. Castellani, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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2003. Symmetries and Noether’s Theorems, with H. R. Brown, in Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections, ed. K. A. Brading and E. Castellani, Cambridge University Press, 89-109.

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2003. Introduction, with E. Castellani, to Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections, ed. K. A. Brading and E. Castellani, Cambridge University Press,1-18. (view paper)

2002. Which Symmetry? Noether, Weyl and Conservation of Electric Charge, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33, pp. 3-22.

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2002. General Covariance from the Perspective of Noether’s Theorems, with H. R. Brown, Diálogos 79, 59-86.

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2000. The development of the concept of hypothesis from Copernicus to Boyle and Newton, Krisis 8, pp. 5-16.

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Book reviews

2017. One hundred years of relativity. Survey review of Albert Einstein, Relativity: the Special and the General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition, and Robinson, Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity. With Sebastián Murgueitio Ramírez and Laura Wells. Metascience, DOI 10.1007/s11016-016-01 53-y.

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2014. David Hilbert: Philosophy, epistemology, and the foundations of physics. David Hilbert’s Lectures on the Foundations of Physics 1915-1927, ed. Tilman Sauer and Ulrich Mayer. Metascience 23(1) 97-100.

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2014. Scientific Metaphysics, ed. Don Ross, James Ladyman, and Harold Kincaid. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 65(4), 899-903. With Xavi Lanao.

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2010. Everywhere and everywhen: adventures in physics and philosophy, Nick Huggett. American Journal of Physics 78, pp.1071-1072.

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2010. Mathematical and aesthetic aspects of symmetry. From summetria to symmetry: the making of a revolutionary scientific concept, G. Hon and B. R. Goldstein. Metascience 19, 277-280.

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2008. David Hilbert and the Axiomatization of Physics (1898-1918), L. Corry. Philosophia Mathematica (III) 15, 1-16.

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