Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Relationism: the thesis, that space exists only in the relations between bodies - i.e. there is no empty space - see also relationalism.
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Field, Hartry
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Relationism I 171
Definition Relationism: Thesis: no empty space exists. - Definition substantivalism/Field: Thesis: empty space exists. - Part-relation: exists in both.
I 181
Relationism/Field: makes field theory impossible - because it excludes empty space.
I 182
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.
I 183
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.
I 216
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.

Fie I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Fie II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-29