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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Spatiotemporal monism and region theory: A non-standard account of the nature of spacetime
by Williams, Shawn Louis, M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010, 55; 1477004
Abstract (Summary)

In this thesis I argue for three central points: spacetime is substantival, spacetime is not composed of points, and a particular form of spatiotemporal monism is true. More detailedly, I argue that the three points are interconnected and that the truth of the first two claims, if established, serves as strong evidence for spatiotemporal monism. Additionally, while I do offer positive argumentation in support of spatiotemporal monism and region theory, I argue that the most compelling evidence in favor of spatiotemporal monism is it stands to potentially help unify metaphysics in virtue of compatibility with related metaphysical theories in a way that point theory cannot.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tooley, Michael
Commitee: Barnett, David, Koslicki, Kathrin
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy
Keywords: Monism, Region theory, Space-time, Spacetime, Substantivalism
Publication Number: 1477004
ISBN: 978-1-124-02266-6
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