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Spacetime Substantivalism and Einstein's Cosmological Constant

Baker, David (2004) Spacetime Substantivalism and Einstein's Cosmological Constant. In: UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

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I offer a novel argument for spacetime substantivalism: we should take the spacetime of general relativity to be a substance because of its active role in gravitational causation. As a clear example of this causal behavior I offer the cosmological constant, a term in the most general form of the Einstein field equations which causes free-floating objects to accelerate apart. This acceleration cannot, I claim, be causally explained except by reference to spacetime itself.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Baker, David
Keywords: cosmological constant substantivalism relationism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: David Baker
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:12
Item ID: 1913
Public Domain: No
Conference Date: 18-20 November 2004
Conference Location: Austin, TX

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