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Can Spacetime Help Settle Any Issues in Modern Philosophy?

Huggett, Nick (2006) Can Spacetime Help Settle Any Issues in Modern Philosophy? UNSPECIFIED.

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    This paper has two goals. (i) I explore the limits of the mathematical theory of spacetime (more generally, differential geometry) as an analytical tool for interpreting early modern thought. While it dramatically clarifies some issues, it can also lead to misunderstandings of some figures, and is a very poor tool indeed for others - Leibniz in particular. (ii) I will show how to blunt a very influential argument against a relational conception of spacetime - the view that the properties and relations of bodies exhaust the spatiotemporal.


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    Item Type: Other
    Additional Information: This paper was presented at the NYU Issues in Modern Philosophy Conference, November 10-11 2006.
    Keywords: Newton, Stein, Leibniz, Earman, substantivalism, relativity, relationism, motion, scholium
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Depositing User: Nick Huggett
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 3085
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3085

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