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  • In recent literature, Newton's theses regarding the ontology of space and time have come to be called substantivalism in contrast to relationism.

    Newton's Views on Space, Time, and Motion

  • A similar view has been proposed by Carl Hoefer, who argues that the problems for spacetime substantivalism turn on the “ascription of primitive identity to space-time points” (1996, 11).

    Structural Realism

  • This last question is bound up with the debate about substantivalism in the foundations of General Relativity.

    Structural Realism

  • The analogy between the debate about substantivalism, and the debate about whether quantum particles are individuals was first explicitly made by Ladyman (1998), but others such as Stachel (2002) and Saunders

    Structural Realism

  • There has been much dispute about whether General Relativity supports relationism or substantivalism about spacetime.

    Structural Realism

  • Aristotelian substantivalism here refers to the idea contained in Aristotle's contention that everything that exists is a substance and that all substances can be qualified by the Aristotelian categories, two of which are location in time and location in space.

    Singularities and Black Holes

  • Hence, others have sought to modify the substantivalism.

    Structural Realism

  • The demand that singular structure be localized at a particular place bespeaks an old Aristotelian substantivalism that invokes the maxim, “To exist is to exist in space and time” (Earman 1995, p. 28).

    Singularities and Black Holes

  • His sophisticated substantivalism allows that spacetime points be individuated relationally and not independently of the metric field.

    Structural Realism

  • Spatio-temporal relations are often exempted from this prescription since the idea that the position of an object is intrinsic to it is associated with a very strong form of substantivalism.

    Structural Realism


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