Super-Humeanism: A starving ontology

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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, ISSN: 1355-2198

Publication Year:
2018
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15006
DOI:
10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.07.001
Author(s):
Lazarovici, Dustin
Publisher(s):
Elsevier BV
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Arts and Humanities; Physics and Astronomy
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article description
The paper provides a critical discussion of the Super-Humean view of spacetime (Huggett's regularity account) and the “minimalist ontology” in terms of Leibnizian relations and primitive matter points, recently developed by Esfeld et al. It investigates, in particular, the empirical adequacy of the proposed metaphysics, arguing that Super-Humeanism cannot provide a plausible account of space and time without committing to bona fide geometric structure in the fundamental relations. Against this backdrop, I propose a moderate version of Super-Humeanism and discuss its possible application to Euclidean space and General Relativity.