Causal Theories of Spacetime

Noûs 58 (1):202-224 (2024)
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Abstract

We develop a new version of the causal theory of spacetime. Whereas traditional versions of the theory seek to identify spatiotemporal relations with causal relations, the version we develop takes causal relations to be the grounds for spatiotemporal relations. Causation is thus distinct from, and more basic than, spacetime. We argue that this non-identity theory, suitably developed, avoids the challenges facing the traditional identity theory.

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Sam Baron
University of Melbourne
Baptiste Le Bihan
University of Geneva

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