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The singular nature of space-time

Lam, Vincent (2006) The singular nature of space-time. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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We consider to what extent the fundamental question of space-time singularities is relevant for the philosophical debate about the nature of space-time. After reviewing some basic aspects of the space-time singularities within GR, we argue that the well known difficulty to localize them in a meaningful way may challenge the received metaphysical view of space-time as a set of points possessing some intrinsic properties together with some spatio-temporal relations. Considering the algebraic formulation of GR, we argue that the space-time singularities highlight the philosophically misleading dependence on the standard geometric representation of space-time.


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Lam, Vincent
Keywords: Space-time singularities, space-time points, intrinsic properties, non-local feature, algebraic formualtion.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Vincent Lam
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 2980
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2980

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