The Shape of Space
2nd Revised edition
By (author) Graham Nerlich
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Shape of Space by Graham Nerlich
Book DescriptionThis is a revised and updated edition of Graham Nerlich's classic book The Shape of Space. It develops a metaphysical account of space which treats it as a real and concrete entity. In particular, it shows that the shape of space plays a key explanatory role in space and spacetime theories. Arguing that geometrical explanation is very like causal explanation, Professor Nerlich prepares the ground for philosophical argument, and, using a number of novel examples, investigates how different spaces would affect perception differently. This leads naturally to conventionalism as a non-realist metaphysics of space, an account which Professor Nerlich criticises, rejecting its Kantian and positivistic roots along with Reichenbach's famous claim that even the topology of space is conventional. He concludes that there is, in fact, no problem of underdetermination for this aspect of spacetime theories, and offers an extensive discussion of the relativity of motion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521450140
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Graham Nerlich
What Spacetime Explains, Paperback (November 2007)
Eleven of Graham Nerlich's essays are here brought together dealing with ontology and methodology in relativity; variable curvature and general relativity; and time and causation.
Shape of Space, Paperback (August 1994)
Second (revised) edition of classic book in philosophy of space, for graduate and scholarly use.
Values and Valuing, Hardback (October 1989)» View all books by Graham Nerlich
In taking the process of valuing different situations as natural as speaking and living culturally, the author believes that it will lead to self-evaluation and recognizing what an individual really desires.
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