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Is Structural Spacetime Realism Relationism in Disguise? The supererogatory nature of the substantivalism/relationism debate

Dorato, Mauro (2007) Is Structural Spacetime Realism Relationism in Disguise? The supererogatory nature of the substantivalism/relationism debate. [Preprint]

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    The paper defends two claims;(1) Viewed from the perspective of the substantivalism/relationism debate, structural spacetime realism (i.e., the view that spacetime is exemplified structure) is a form of relationism; (2) However, if we managed to reinforce Rynasiewicz’s (1996) point that the general theory of relativity makes the substantivalism/relationism dispute “outdated”, the re-elaboration of Stein’s 1967 version of structural spacetime realism to be proposed here proves to be a good, antimetaphysical solution to the problem of the ontological status of spacetime.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: spacetime, structural realism, general theory of relativity, substantivalism, relationism
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3393
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3393

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