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Spacetime, Ontology, and Structural Realism

Slowik, Edward (2004) Spacetime, Ontology, and Structural Realism. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This essay explores the possibility of constructing a structural realist interpretation of spacetime theories that can resolve the ontological debate among substantivalists and relationists. Drawing on various structuralist approaches in the philosophy of mathematics, as well as on the theoretical complexities of General Relativity, our investigation will reveal that a structuralist approach can be beneficial to the spacetime theorist as a means of deflating some of the ontological disputes regarding similarly structured spacetimes.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: spacetime, structural realism, substantivalism, relationism
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Edward Slowik
    Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 2872
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2872

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