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Spacetime Quietism in Quantum Gravity

Baron, Samuel and Le Bihan, Baptiste (2022) Spacetime Quietism in Quantum Gravity. [Preprint]

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The existence and fundamentality of spacetime has been questioned in quantum gravity where spacetime is frequently described as emerging from a more fundamental non-spatiotemporal ontology. This is supposed to lead to various philosophical issues such as the problem of empirical coherence. Yet those issues assume beforehand that we actually understand and agree on the nature of spacetime. Reviewing popular conceptions of spacetime, we find that there is substantial disagreement on this matter, and little hope of resolving it. However, we argue that this should not trouble us as these issues, which seem to suggest the need for an account of spacetime in quantum gravity, can be addressed without one.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Baron, Samuelsamuel.baron@uwa.edu.au0000-0003-4000-3276
Le Bihan, Baptistebaptiste.lebihan@unige.ch0000-0002-1245-1373
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Antonio Vassallo (ed.), The Foundations of Spacetime Physics: Philosophical Perspectives. Routledge
Keywords: spacetime, emergence, quantum gravity, space, time, general relativity
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Dr. Baptiste Le Bihan
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2022 05:02
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 05:02
Item ID: 20151
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20151

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