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Frank Arntzenius

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.001.0001

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 Do space and time exist?

 Do space and time exist?

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(p.153) 5 Do space and time exist?
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Space, Time, and Stuff
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Frank Arntzenius

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.003.0005

Substantivalism is the view that space and time exist in addition to particles and fields. Relationism is the view that only particles and fields exist, which stand in certain spatio-temporal relations. The ‘Leibniz-shift’ argument and the related ‘hole-argument’ in favour of relationism are presented and rejected, both in the context of Newtonian physics and relativistic physics. Arguments in favour of substantivalism are given which are based on considerations of determinism, locality, parity non-conservation, and simplicity. Finally, supersubstantivalism -the idea that only space and time exist- is advocated.

Keywords:   determinism, newtonian physics, locality, parity, relationism, relativistic physics, substantivalism

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