Lam, Vincent (2007) The singular nature of space-time. In:  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:|| 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|
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