The Hole Argument

PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:56 - 64 (1988)
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Abstract

I give an informal outline of the hole argument which shows that spacetime substantivalism leads to an undesirable indeterminism in a broad class of spacetime theories. This form of the argument depends on the selection of differentiable manifolds within a spacetime theory as representing spacetime. I consider the conditions under which the argument can be extended to address versions of spacetime substantivalism which select these differentiable manifolds plus some further structure to represent spacetime. Finally, I respond to the criticisms of Tim Maudlin and Jeremy Butterfield

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