Shapes and Other Arrangements in Minkowski Spacetime

Yuri Balashov

in Persistence and Spacetime

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579921
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722899 | DOI:
Shapes and Other Arrangements in Minkowski Spacetime

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Shapes and other spatial arrangements are perspectival phenomena in Minkowski spacetime, as they are relative to a reference frame. The fact is used to develop another argument favoring perdurance over its rivals. The earlier version of the argument has come under criticism (in the work of Sider, Miller, Gibson, Pooley, Sattig, and Gilmore). Two related topics, explanatory virtues and explanatory relevance, are central to these critical discussions. The second half of the chapter takes up these topics and responds to the critics by offering a new perspective on the issue.

Keywords: perspectivalism; shapes; Minkowski spacetime; perdurance; Sider; Miller; Gibson; Pooley; Sattig; Gilmore

Chapter.  5970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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