SOPhiA 2019

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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The Hole Argument and the Nature of Spacetime
(Philosophy of Science , English)

There has been claims emerging from mathematical practice that the hole argument stems from the confusion about the mathematical formalism of general relativity. This paper argues against this line of response. I specifically examine the argument from mathematical practice by James Owen Weatherall (2018), and the argument from homotopy type theory by Michael Shulman (2016). Secondly, I argue that the more plausible reply to the hole argument should focus on the notion of invariance, which could be employed to provide independent support for metric field substantivalism.

Chair: Alexander Belak
Time: 17:40-18:10, 18 September 2019 (Wednesday)
Location: SR 1.005

Yixuan Wu 
(Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Germany)

I am a master student in logic and philosophy of science at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP). I obtained a BSc degree in mathematics and philosophy from University of St Andrews in 2018. My main areas of interest are philosophy of physics, philosophy of science and metaphysics. Before going to St Andrews, I lived in Beijing.

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