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Philosophy and Foundations of Physics The Ontology of Spacetime
 

Summary: Philosophy and Foundations of Physics
The Ontology of Spacetime
D. Dieks (Editor)
r 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
DOI 10.1016/S1871-1774(06)01003-5
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Chapter 3
Spacetime Structuralism
Jonathan Bain
Humanities and Social Sciences, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Abstract
In this essay, I consider the ontological status of spacetime from the points of view of
the standard tensor formalism and three alternatives: twistor theory, Einstein algebras,
and geometric algebra. I briefly review how classical field theories can be formulated in
each of these formalisms, and indicate how this suggests a structural realist interpre-
tation of spacetime.
1. Introduction
This essay is concerned with the following question: If it is possible to do
classical field theory without a 4-dimensional differentiable manifold, what does
this suggest about the ontological status of spacetime from the point of view of

  

Source: Aronov, Boris - Department of Computer and Information Science, Polytechnic University

 

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