The singular nature of spacetime

Lam, Vincent (2007). The singular nature of spacetime. In: Cristina Bicchieri and Jason Alexander, Proceedings of the 2006 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. Part I: Contributed Papers. PSA 2006: Philosophy of Science Association Twentieth Biennial Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, (712-723). 2-4 November 2006. doi:10.1086/525616

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Author Lam, Vincent
Title of paper The singular nature of spacetime
Conference name PSA 2006: Philosophy of Science Association Twentieth Biennial Meeting
Conference location Vancouver, BC, Canada
Conference dates 2-4 November 2006
Convener Philosophy of Science Association (PSA)
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2006 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. Part I: Contributed Papers   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Philosophy of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Chicago, IL, United States
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1086/525616
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
ISSN 0031-8248
1539-767X
Editor Cristina Bicchieri
Jason Alexander
Volume 74
Issue 5
Start page 712
End page 723
Total pages 12
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
We consider to what extent the fundamental question of spacetime singularities is relevant for the philosophical debate about the nature of spacetime. After reviewing some basic aspects of the spacetime singularities within general relativity, we argue that the well known difficulty to localize them in a meaningful way may challenge the received metaphysical view of spacetime as a set of points possessing some intrinsic properties together with some spatiotemporal relations. Considering the algebraic formulation of general relativity, we argue that the spacetime singularities highlight the philosophically misleading dependence on the standard geometric representation of spacetime.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Presented during Concurrent Sessions B4: "Philosophy of Physics I: Spacetime (Contributed Papers)".

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Mathematics and Physics
 
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