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From spacetime to space and time: a reply to Markosian

ContributorsLe Bihan, Baptisteorcid
Published inAnalysis, vol. 80, no. 3, p. 456-462
Publication date2020

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.

  • Spacetime
  • Space
  • Time
  • Physics
  • Quantum gravity
  • Relativity
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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
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