|Relationism, relationalism, philosophy: is an expression for the thesis that space is formed by the objects and their relations to each other. The assumption of an empty space is incoherent from this point of view. The counter-concept to relativism is substantivalism. See also space, space time._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
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Definition Relationism: Thesis: no empty space exists. - Definition substantivalism/Field: Thesis: empty space exists. - Part-relation: exists in both.
Relationism/Field: makes field theory impossible - because it excludes empty space.
Putnam: Relationism can take the field as an enormous (because of the infinity of the physical forces) object. - Then for each region one part of it. - FieldVs: this trivializes the relativism.
Field theory/FT/Substantivalism/Field: for the substantivalismus the field is not a gigantic object, but no entity at all. - FT: is for him only the attribution of causal predicates to regions.
Problem of Quantities/FieldVsRelationism: the only way to show that there is a (narrow) spatial relation, is to assume that the double distance itself is a spatial relation. But relativism cannot do this because it wants to define it first, and cannot presuppose it as defined._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980