Spacetime, ontology, and structural realism

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This essay explores the possibility of constructing a structural realist interpretation of spacetime theories that can resolve the ontological debate between substantivalists and relationists. Drawing on various structuralist approaches in the philosophy of mathematics, as well as on the theoretical complexities of general relativity, our investigation will reveal that a structuralist approach can be beneficial to the spacetime theorist as a means of deflating some of the ontological disputes regarding similarly structured spacetimes.
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Edward Slowik (2012). On Structuralism's Multiple Paths Through Spacetime Theories. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2 (1):45-66.
Michael Esfeld (2009). The Modal Nature of Structures in Ontic Structural Realism. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 23 (2):179 – 194.
Hilary Greaves (2011). In Search of (Spacetime) Structuralism. Philosophical Perspectives 25 (1):189-204.
Edward Slowik (2011). Newton, the Parts of Space, and the Holism of Spatial Ontology. Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (2):249-272.
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