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dc.contributor.advisorDyke, Heather
dc.contributor.advisorPigden, Charles
dc.contributor.authorGrant, Sarah
dc.date.available2013-07-25T20:39:08Z
dc.date.copyright2013
dc.identifier.citationGrant, S. (2013). The Metaphysics of Space-time Substantivalism: A Methodological Study of the Structure of Space-time in the Context of General Relativity (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4176en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/4176
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores methodological approaches to studying substantivalism in metaphysics and the philosophy of science. My primary aim is to show that it is only when these two disciplines come together, that we can hope to make progress with respect to discovering the true nature of the structure of space-time. I begin by looking at Leibniz’s argument that substantivalism entails the possibility of qualitatively indiscernible worlds, which differ only with respect to how the material world is located in space-time. I explore whether there is anything more to the basis of this contention than non-naturalistic appeals to common sense and a priori metaphysical principles. I argue that there is, as a modern-day interpretation of Leibniz’s argument shows that substantivalism renders GTR indeterministic. I consider whether this problematic indeterminism arises as a result of a particular conception of substantivalism, or whether it follows from all formulations of substantivalism consistent with GTR, and to what extent it is our additional metaphysical commitments that are motivating the problem.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectsubstantivalism
dc.subjectmethodology
dc.subjectintuition
dc.subjectthe hole argument
dc.subjectsuper-substantivalism
dc.subjectgeneral relativity
dc.subjectnaturalism
dc.subjectindividuation
dc.subjectprimitive identity
dc.subjectindeterminism
dc.titleThe Metaphysics of Space-time Substantivalism: A Methodological Study of the Structure of Space-time in the Context of General Relativity
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2013-07-25T15:21:54Z
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thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
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