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Single Idea 9504

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / C. Space-Time / 3. Space-Time]

Full Idea

The obvious problem with the simple relational view of space and time is that it fails to account for the full range of spatio-temporal possibility. There seem to be times and places where objects and events could be, but are not.

Gist of Idea

The relational view of space-time doesn't cover times and places where things could be


Alexander Bird (Nature's Metaphysics [2007], 7.3.2)

Book Reference

Bird,Alexander: 'Nature's Metaphysics' [OUP 2007], p.163

A Reaction

This view seems strongly supported by intuition. I certainly don't accept the views of physicists and cosmologists on the subject, because they seem to approach the whole thing too instrumentally.