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From spacetime to space and time: a reply to Markosian

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Le Bihan Baptiste,
Project Composing the World Out of Nowhere: The Mereological Structures of Quantum Gravity
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Analysis
Volume (Issue) 80(3)
Page(s) 456 - 462
Title of proceedings Analysis
DOI 10.1093/analys/anz098

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Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


In a recent article, Ned Markosian gives an argument against four-dimensionalism understood as the view that time is one of four similar dimensions that constitute a single four-dimensional manifold. In this paper, I show that Markosian attacks a straw man as his argument targets a theory known to be false on empirical grounds. Four-dimensionalism rightly conceived in no way entails that time is identical to space. I then address two objections raised by Markosian against four-dimensionalism rightly conceived.