Holes in Spacetime: Some Neglected Essentials

@article{Teitel2019HolesIS,
  title={Holes in Spacetime: Some Neglected Essentials},
  author={Trevor Teitel},
  journal={The Journal of Philosophy},
  year={2019},
  volume={116},
  pages={353-389}
}
The hole argument purports to show that all spacetime theories of a certain form are indeterministic, including the General Theory of Relativity. The argument has given rise to an industry of searching for a metaphysics of spacetime that delivers the right modal implications to rescue determinism. In this paper, I first argue that certain prominent extant replies to the hole argument—namely, those that appeal to an essentialist doctrine about spacetime—fail to deliver the requisite modal… Expand
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