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Nature's MetaphysicsLaws and Properties$
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Alexander Bird

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227013.001.0001

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Structural Properties

Structural Properties

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(p.147) 7 Structural Properties
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Nature's Metaphysics
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Alexander Bird (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227013.003.0007

Geometrical and other properties that may be labelled ‘structural’ are held up as examples of properties that are not potencies, but are categorical properties. The debate between Mellor and Prior is examined in order to shed light on this question. The problem is then related to the question of whether a true physical theory should be background-free, on the grounds that it is the presence of spacetime as a background in intuitive physical theories that is responsible for the appearance that spatial properties are categorical, whereas advanced physical theories tend to be background-free.

Keywords:   spacetime, background-freedom, Mellor, Prior

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