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Mario Bunge and Gustavo Romero on Gravitational Waves and Reality of Space: Towards Neo-Bungean Space(time) Structuralism

Taqatqeh, Yousef S. (2022) Mario Bunge and Gustavo Romero on Gravitational Waves and Reality of Space: Towards Neo-Bungean Space(time) Structuralism. [Preprint]

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Since the detection of the gravitational waves by LIGO (Abbott, 2016), scientific and philosophical debates were stimulated. Among these was the discussion on the nature of space(time): Emphasizing that space cannot exist in absence of matter (i.e. when Tμν = 0), Mario Bunge (2018a; 2018b, pp. 119-123) was on the ‘relationalist’ camp. Gustavo Romero in his rebuttal (2018a) on the other hand, advanced a substantivalist position: space is a substance, a material entity that persists in the absence of other material things. In this paper I will summarize the exchange and try to propose a relationalist alternative for the Bungean position, which will be dubbed Neo-Bungean Structuralism.


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Taqatqeh, Yousef S.
Keywords: Space Spacetime Mario Bunge Gustavo Romero Relationalism Relationalist Relationism Relationist Substantivalism Substantivalist Substantivism Substantivist Structuralism Structuralist General Relativity Gravitational Waves Wave Fields Field LIGO Scientific Ontology Metaphysics Albert Einstein
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Yousef S. Taqatqeh
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 13:04
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 13:04
Item ID: 20635
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20635

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