PhilSci Archive

Identity, Space-time, and Cosmology

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

[img] Microsoft Word (.doc)

Download (158kB)


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.

Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
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

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item