Space, Absolute and Relational

Authored by: Tim Maudlin

The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics

Print publication date:  April  2009
Online publication date:  April  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415396318
eBook ISBN: 9780203879306
Adobe ISBN: 9781134155866


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It is unavoidable in fundamental metaphysical disputes that the framing of the issue under discussion is likely to beg the question at hand. So I might begin this essay by saying that the topic is the nature of physical space, but one set of partisans will immediately object that there is no such entity as physical space, and a fortiori no nature of it. We must proceed with caution.

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