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Spacetime, Ontology, and Structural Realism

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

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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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Slowik, Edward
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 15:14
Item ID: 2872
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2872

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