A Model-Theoretic Analysis of Space-Time Theories

  • Claus BeisbartEmail author
Part of the Einstein Studies book series (EINSTEIN, volume 13)


This paper studies space-time theories from the perspective of the Semantic View of theories. Set-theoretic models are used to reconstruct several non-quantum space-time theories and to characterize their mutual relationships. Further, the Semantic View is adopted to discuss the question of what a space-time theory is to begin with. While the space-time theories incorporated in Newtonian theories, on the one hand, and in Einstein’s General theory of relativity (GTR), on the other hand, are markedly different, GTR and many rival theories of gravitation do not differ on their space-time theory, but only on the way the structure of a space-time is explained.


Space-time Space-time theories General theory of Relativity Brans–Dicke theory PPN formalism Semantic View of theories Axiomatization Inter-theoretic relationships Reduction 



I’m grateful for very helpful and constructive criticism by Dennis Lehmkuhl and Erhard Scholz. Thanks also to Raphael Bolinger for his comments.


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  1. 1.Institut für PhilosophieUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

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