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Mass additivity and a priori entailment

McQueen, Kelvin

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The principle of mass additivity states that the mass of a composite object is the sum of the masses of its elementary components. Mass additivity is true in Newtonian mechanics but false in special relativity. Physicists have explained why mass additivity is true in Newtonian mechanics by reducing it to Newton’s microphysical laws. This reductive explanation does not fit well with deducibility theories of reductive explanation such as the modern Nagelian theory of reduction, and the a priori...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/38257
Source: Synthese
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-014-0627-7

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