Aristotle, space and time
There are two fundamentally different conceptions of the nature of space and time. On the one side, and particularly associated with the ideas of Newton, is what is now called “substantivalism”, which sees space and time as existing objects, over and above the other material objects and processes of the world. On the other, and particularly associated with the ideas of Leibniz, is the “relationalist” approach, denying the existence of space and time as objects in their own right; seeing them rather as relations between material objects. This paper explores and defends Aristotle’s relationist account of space and time, in the light of subsequent developments of physics.