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Geometric Possibility
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Geometric Possibility

Gordon Belot

Abstract

Relationalism about space is a venerable doctrine that is enjoying renewed attention among philosophers and physicists. Relationalists deny that space is ontologically prior to matter and seek to ground all claims about the structure of space in facts about actual and possible configurations of matter. Thus, many relationalists maintain that to say that space is infinite is to say that certain sorts of infinite arrays of material points are possible (even if, in fact, the world contains only a finite amount of matter). This book investigates the distinctive notion of geometric possibility that ... More

Keywords: substantivalism, relationalism, modality, laws of nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199595327
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595327.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon Belot, author
University of Michigan
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