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The Properties of Space

Ian Hinckfuss

in The Existence of Space and Time

Published in print March 1975 | ISBN: 9780198245193
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245193.003.0003
The Properties of Space

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This chapter examines many different properties of space. It specifically presents the electrical, optical, and electromagnetic properties of space; the kinematic and dynamic properties of space; the metrical, topological, and geometrical properties of space; and miscellaneous. The chapter then demonstrates the kind of difficulties to be met in attempting to reduce the statements in one of the senses previously explained to a statement that does not use the term ‘space’. The conductivity of space is also explained. A relationalist reduction of the statement that space has a permittivity of 8.55 × 10−12 farads per metre is developed, but it is shown that this reduction is unsatisfactory when paired with a similar reduction for the statement that space has a magnetic permeability of 4π × 10−7 henrys per metre. In addition, the chapter considers the speed of electromagnetic radiation in empty space.

Keywords: space; kinematics; dynamics; conductivity; magnetic permeability; electromagnetic radiation; permittivity

Chapter.  7447 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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