Still Foes: Benovsky on Relationism and Substantivalism

Mazzola, Claudio (2015) Still Foes: Benovsky on Relationism and Substantivalism. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 6 2: 247-260. doi:10.1007/s13194-015-0132-y


Author Mazzola, Claudio
Title Still Foes: Benovsky on Relationism and Substantivalism
Journal name European Journal for Philosophy of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-4920
1879-4912
Publication date 2015-12-09
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13194-015-0132-y
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 247
End page 260
Total pages 14
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract It is widely believed that relationism cannot make room for the possibility of intervals of time during which no changes occur. Benovsky has recently challenged this belief, arguing that relationists can account for the possibility of changeless time in much the same way as substantivalists do, thereby concluding that the two views are interchangeable for all theoretical purposes. This paper intends to defend the meaningfulness of the traditional dispute between substantivalists and relationists, by contending that the particular form of relationism on which Benovsky has based his criticism is in fact alien to that debate.
Keyword Time
Temporal vacua ontology
Relationism
Simultaneity
Identity of the indiscernibles
Ontological economy
Observables
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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