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Yuri Balashov

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579921

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579921.001.0001

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Shapes and Other Arrangements in Minkowski Spacetime

Shapes and Other Arrangements in Minkowski Spacetime

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(p.197) 8 Shapes and Other Arrangements in Minkowski Spacetime
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Persistence and Spacetime
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Yuri Balashov (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579921.003.0008

Shapes and other spatial arrangements are perspectival phenomena in Minkowski spacetime, as they are relative to a reference frame. The fact is used to develop another argument favoring perdurance over its rivals. The earlier version of the argument has come under criticism (in the work of Sider, Miller, Gibson, Pooley, Sattig, and Gilmore). Two related topics, explanatory virtues and explanatory relevance, are central to these critical discussions. The second half of the chapter takes up these topics and responds to the critics by offering a new perspective on the issue.

Keywords:   perspectivalism, shapes, Minkowski spacetime, perdurance, Sider, Miller, Gibson, Pooley, Sattig, Gilmore

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