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Identity, Space-time, and Cosmology

Faye, Jan (2007) Identity, Space-time, and Cosmology. [Preprint]

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Modern cosmology treats space and time, or rather space-time, as concrete particulars. The General Theory of Relativity combines the distribution of matter and energy with the curvature of space-time. Here space-time appears as a concrete entity which affects matter and energy and is affected by the things in it. I question the idea that space-time is a concrete existing entity which both substantivalism and reductive relationism maintain. Instead I propose an alternative view, which may be called non-reductive relationism, by arguing that space and time are abstract entities based on extension and changes.


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Faye, Jan
Keywords: Space-time, ontology, abstract entity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Jan Faye
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 3741
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3741

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