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PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:82 - 91 (1988)
|Abstract||I argue that Norton & Earman's hole argument, despite its historical association with General Relativity, turns upon very general features of any linguistic system that can represent substances by names. After exploring various means by which mathematical objects can be interpreted as representing physical possibilities, I suggest that a form of essentialism can solve the hole dilemma without abandoning either determinism or substantivalism. Finally, I identify the basic tenets of such an essentialism in Newton's writings and consider how they can be updated to apply to the case provided by General Relativity.|
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