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From spacetime to space and time: a reply to Markosian

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Published in Analysis. 2020, vol. 80, no. 3, p. 456-462
Abstract In a recent article, Ned Markosian gives an argument against four-dimensionalism understood as the view that time is one of four similar dimensions that constitute a single four-dimensional manifold. In this paper, I show that Markosian attacks a straw man as his argument targets a theory known to be false on empirical grounds. Four-dimensionalism rightly conceived in no way entails that time is identical to space. I then address two objections raised by Markosian against four-dimensionalism rightly conceived.
Keywords SpacetimeSpaceTimePhysicsQuantum gravityRelativity
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Geneva Symmetry Group
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LE BIHAN, Baptiste. From spacetime to space and time: a reply to Markosian. In: Analysis, 2020, vol. 80, n° 3, p. 456-462. doi: 10.1093/analys/anz098 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:141377

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