Project of paper

Classical Mechanics and States of Motion

The philosophical (even metaphysical) consequences of the position defended in my first article, thus the philosophical problems posed by the notion of ‘instantaneous velocity’ in the framework of classical physics will be examined, and a solution will be proposed.

A first version of this article, entitled “In Defense of the Unavoidable Existence of States of Motion”, has already been submitted to the editors of the journal Philosophy of Science: it was refused for fairly well justified reasons, and also the reviewers did constructive criticism. As a result, the argumentative structure of this second version has been profoundly modified.

The second version (entitled “Why Classical Mechanics Needs the Existence of States of Motion in Order to Be Fully Consistent”) was then submitted to the journal Synthese: the reviewers again gave rather constructive criticism, but the main objection was that it was not a ‘hot topic’ to be published in this journal. The substance of my statement was only criticized on a few points of detail. A third version (again with a change of title) is therefore in preparation…

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