Fields and the intelligibility of contact action

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Abstract

This article concerns arguments for the impossibility of contact action and, subsequently, the use of force fields to render intelligible apparent cases of contact action. I argue that instead of unraveling the mystery of contact action, fields only deepen the mystery. Further, I show that there is a confusion underlying arguments for the impossibility of contact and present an analysis of contact, based upon Körner's treatment of empirical continuity, which restores intelligibility to apparent cases of contact action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-477
Number of pages21
JournalPhilosophy
Volume90
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 17 2015

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