Chapter

Conclusion

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/9780198245193.003.0008
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This chapter argues that the relationalist programme can always be made to work, but in some cases only by the invention of a surrogate entity to bear the properties that, prior to the reduction, were alleged to be borne by space or time. This book has been concerned with four basic paradoxes regarding space and time. These four basic paradoxes are specifically presented. There is always a possible reduction of expressions involving ‘space’ and ‘time’. It is clear that because evidence is involved, and because ontological reductions are being offered, the issue is not simply verbal. But that does not mean that it is decidable by a few isolated experiments – whatever their results.

Keywords: relationalist programme; space; time; ontological reductions; paradoxes

Chapter.  1853 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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