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Super-Humeanism: A starving ontology

Lazarovici, Dustin (2018) Super-Humeanism: A starving ontology. [Preprint]

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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


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lazarovici, DustinDustin.Lazarovici@unil.ch0000-0002-1484-1172
Keywords: Humeanism, Super-Humeanism, Relationalism, Fundamental Ontology, Typicality
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Dr. Dustin Lazarovici
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 18:53
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2018 18:53
Item ID: 15006
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.07.001
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: July 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15006

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