Spacetime the one substance

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What is the relation between material objects and spacetime regions? Supposing that spacetime regions are one sort of substance, there remains the question of whether or not material objects are a second sort of substance. This is the question of dualistic versus monistic substantivalism. I will defend the monistic view. In particular, I will maintain that material objects should be identified with spacetime regions. There is the spacetime manifold, and the fundamental properties are pinned directly to it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-148
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • Monism
  • Spacetime
  • Substantivalism
  • Supersubstantivalism

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