Identity, space-time, and cosmology

In Dennis Dieks (ed.), The Ontology of Space-Time II. Amsterdam: Elsevier. pp. 39-57 (2008)
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Abstract

Modern cosmology treats space and time, or rather space-time, as concrete particulars. The General Theory of Relativity combines the distribution of matter and energy with the curvature of space-time. Here space-time appears as a concrete entity which affects matter and energy and is affected by the things in it. I question the idea that space-time is a concrete existing entity which both substantivalism and reductive relationism maintain. Instead I propose an alternative view, which may be called non-reductive relationism, by arguing that space and time are abstract entities based on extension and changes.

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Jan Faye
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Tenses, Changes, and Space-Time.Jan Faye - 2008 - In Time in the Different Scientific Approaches. Genova: Tilgher. pp. 89-104.

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