From Spacetime to Space and Time: A Reply to Markosian

Analysis 80 (3):456-462 (2020)
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Abstract

In a recent article, Ned Markosian gives an argument against four-dimensionalism understood as the view that time is one of four identical 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.

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Baptiste Le Bihan
University of Geneva

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