Philosophy Compass 10 (9):601-624 (2015)

Authors
Shamik Dasgupta
University of California, Berkeley
Abstract
Substantivalism is the view that space exists in addition to any material bodies situated within it. Relationalism is the opposing view that there is no such thing as space; there are just material bodies, spatially related to one another. This paper assesses this issue in the context of classical physics. It starts by describing the bucket argument for substantivalism. It then turns to anti-substantivalist arguments, including Leibniz's classic arguments and their contemporary reincarnation under the guise of ‘symmetry’. It argues that these anti-substantivalist arguments are stronger than is often acknowledged
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/phc3.12219
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,826
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time.Tim Maudlin - 2012 - Princeton University Press.
What Price Spacetime Substantivalism? The Hole Story.John Earman & John Norton - 1987 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (4):515-525.
Space, Time, and Spacetime.Lawrence Sklar - 1974 - University of California Press.
Knowing the Answer.Jonathan Schaffer - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75 (2):383-403.
Individuals: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics.Shamik Dasgupta - 2009 - Philosophical Studies 145 (1):35-67.

View all 37 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Belief as Question‐Sensitive.Seth Yalcin - 2018 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 97 (1):23-47.
The World Just Is the Way It Is.David Builes - 2021 - The Monist 104 (1):1-27.
Following Logical Realism Where It Leads.Michaela McSweeney - 2019 - Philosophical Studies 176 (1):117-139.
What Do Symmetries Tell Us About Structure?Thomas William Barrett - 2017 - Philosophy of Science (4):617-639.

View all 18 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Why the Parts of Absolute Space Are Immobile.Nick Huggett - 2008 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 59 (3):391-407.
Rehabilitating Relationalism.Gordon Belot - 1999 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 13 (1):35 – 52.
Relationalism Rehabilitated? I: Classical Mechanics.Oliver Pooley & Harvey R. Brown - 2002 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 53 (2):183--204.
The Case for Substantivalism.Carolyn Jane Brighouse - 1996 - Dissertation, University of Southern California
Newton’s Neo-Platonic Ontology of Space.Edward Slowik - 2013 - Foundations of Science 18 (3):419-448.
Leibniz and Newton on Space.Ori Belkind - 2013 - Foundations of Science 18 (3):467-497.
Identity, Modality, and Space-Time.Ellis Joseph Crasnow - 1983 - Dissertation, University of Southern California

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-09-04

Total views
123 ( #84,005 of 60,791 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
13 ( #50,740 of 60,791 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes