Philosophical Studies

, Volume 145, Issue 1, pp 131–148 | Cite as

Spacetime the one substance

  • Jonathan Schaffer


What is the relation between material objects and spacetime regions? Supposing that spacetime regions are one sort of substance, there remains the question of whether or not material objects are a second sort of substance. This is the question of dualistic versus monistic substantivalism. I will defend the monistic view. In particular, I will maintain that material objects should be identified with spacetime regions. There is the spacetime manifold, and the fundamental properties are pinned directly to it.


Spacetime Substantivalism Supersubstantivalism Monism 


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  1. 1.Philosophy RSSSAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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