Date of Award

12-2003

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Quentin Smith

Second Advisor

John Dilworth

Third Advisor

Bill Vallicella

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

Relations pervade the theories of analytic metaphysics: philosophy of mind, philosophy of region, philosophy of causation, philosophy of math, philosophy of space and time, philosophy of physics, and theories of objects (bundle and substance theories). Many of the sorts of relations that (are alleged to) exist, according to these theories, are relations between or among non-collocated spatial entities (entities that do not occupy the same spatial region or regions), and between or among non-identical basic units of space. I argue that relations between or among any non-collocated spatial entities, and between or among non-identical basic units of space, do not exist: if any entities in space are not at the same spatial location, they do not have any sort of interconnection or interrelation.

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