What Price Spacetime Substantivalism? The Hole Story

  title={What Price Spacetime Substantivalism? The Hole Story},
  author={J. Earman and J. Norton},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={515 - 525}
  • J. Earman, J. Norton
  • Published 1987
  • Physics
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Spacetime substantivalism leads to a radical form of indeterminism within a very broad class of spacetime theories which include our best spacetime theory, general relativity. Extending an argument from Einstein, we show that spacetime substantivalists are committed to very many more distinct physical states than these theories' equations can determine, even with the most extensive boundary conditions. 
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