The Hole Argument

[Revised entry by John D. Norton on July 30, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, Leibniz_Equivalence.html] What is space? What is time? Do they exist independently of the things and
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[Revised entry by John D. Norton on July 30, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, Leibniz_Equivalence.html] What is space? What is time? Do they exist independently of the things and processes in them? Or is their existence parasitic on these things and processes? Are they like a canvas onto which an artist paints; they exist whether or not the artist paints on them? Or are they akin to parenthood; there is no parenthood until there are parents and children? That is, is there no space and time until there are things with spatial properties and processes with temporal durations?...

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