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Mario Bunge on Gravitational Waves and the Reality of Spacetime

Romero, Gustavo E. (2017) Mario Bunge on Gravitational Waves and the Reality of Spacetime. Foundations of Science. ISSN 1233-1821

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I discuss the recent claims made by Mario Bunge on the philosophical implications of the discovery of gravitational waves. I think that Bunge is right when he points out that the detection implies the materiality of spacetime, but I reject his identification of spacetime with the gravitational field. I show that Bunge’s analysis of the spacetime inside a hollow sphere is defective, but this in no way affects his main claim.


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Romero, Gustavo E.gustavo.esteban.romero@gmail.com
Keywords: Ontology Spacetime Gravitational waves Substantivalism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Gustavo E. Romero
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 21:27
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 21:27
Item ID: 14284
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Science
Publisher: Springer
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-017-9529-8
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2017
ISSN: 1233-1821
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14284

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