Spacetime the one substance

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Abstract

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
Volume145
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy

Keywords

  • Monism
  • Spacetime
  • Substantivalism
  • Supersubstantivalism

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