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Brannon McDaniel
University of Richmond
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Let wF, wC+, and wC– be three distinct worlds, each of which contains only a single point-sized material particle, and in each of which spacetime is: uniformly flat, constantly positively curved, and constantly negatively curved, respectively. By the relationist’s lights, these worlds seem to be qualitatively identical. Nevertheless, for each world, there are propositions concerning possible arrangements of material points that are true in that world, but false in the other two. I argue that, surprisingly, the relationist can ground these differences in the distinct non-modal and intrinsic relations that are instantiated in each of wF, wC+, and wC–.
Keywords metaphysics  spacetime  relationism  grounding  supervenience
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