Space Emergence in Contemporary Physics: Why We Do Not Need Fundamentality, Layers of Reality and Emergence

Disputatio 10 (49):71-95 (2018)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
‘Space does not exist fundamentally: it emerges from a more fundamental non-spatial structure.’ This intriguing claim appears in various research programs in contemporary physics. Philosophers of physics tend to believe that this claim entails either that spacetime does not exist, or that it is derivatively real. In this article, I introduce and defend a third metaphysical interpretation of the claim: reductionism about space. I argue that, as a result, there is no need to subscribe to fundamentality, layers of reality and emergence in order to analyse the constitution of space by non-spatial entities. It follows that space constitution, if borne out, does not provide empirical evidence in favour of a stratified, Aristotelian in spirit, metaphysics. The view will be described in relation to two particular research programs in contemporary physics: wave function realism and loop quantum gravity.
ISBN(s)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
LEBSEI-2
Revision history
First archival date: 2018-11-06
Latest version: 2 (2019-01-07)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Metaphysical Causation.Wilson, Alastair

View all 49 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Temporal Fictionalism for a Timeless World.Baron, Sam; Miller, Kristie & Tallant, Jonathan
L'éternité sans le temps.Le Bihan, Baptiste

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2018-11-06

Total views
238 ( #13,570 of 41,584 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
120 ( #3,584 of 41,584 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.