Absolutism and relationism in space and time: A false dichotomy

Hinckfuss I. (1988) Absolutism and relationism in space and time: A false dichotomy. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 39 2: 183-192. doi:10.1093/bjps/39.2.183

Author Hinckfuss I.
Title Absolutism and relationism in space and time: A false dichotomy
Journal name British Journal for the Philosophy of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-0882
Publication date 1988-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/bjps/39.2.183
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Volume 39
Issue 2
Start page 183
End page 192
Total pages 10
Subject 1202 Building
1207 History and Philosophy of Science
1211 Philosophy
1312 Molecular Biology
2605 Computational Mathematics
2613 Statistics and Probability
3104 Condensed Matter Physics
Abstract The traditional absolutist-relationist controversy about space and time conflates four distinct issues: existence, abstraction, relationality and relativity. Terms which are relational, relative or abstract may denote items which possess contingent properties. Possession of such properties, including topological and geometrical properties, is therefore no indication of logical type. To fail to recognise the possibility of spaces, times and space-times of various logical types is to risk conflating two distinct ontological issues: a metaphysical issue concerning the existence of abstract objects and a question of physics concerning the existence of causally efficacious sub-strata which may or may not be needed to explain the contingent properties of the abstract objects.
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