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The singular nature of space-time

Lam, Vincent (2007) The singular nature of space-time. In: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers.

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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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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: General relativity, space-time singularities, space-time points, intrinsic properties, non-local feature, substantivalism, relationalism, algebraic formualtion.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Vincent Lam
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 3172
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3172

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