On the Existence of Spacetime Structure

  title={On the Existence of Spacetime Structure},
  author={Erik Curiel},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={447 - 483}
  • Erik Curiel
  • Published 11 March 2015
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
I examine the debate between substantivalists and relationalists about the ontological character of spacetime and conclude it is not well posed. I argue that the hole argument does not bear on the debate, because it provides no clear criterion to distinguish the positions. I propose two such precise criteria and construct separate arguments based on each to yield contrary conclusions, one supportive of something like relationalism and the other of something like substantivalism. The lesson is… 

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