How space and time are not real

(This takes the previous few posts as given)

The first grasp of “an interior principle” is matter. Many suggestions of the elemental matter of things have been given, from water (the first suggestion) to fermions and bosons (the last one). But there is an important distinction in this: given that the real is something supported by an intrinsic principle, then anything common to what has an intrinsic principle and what doesn’t can’t serve to identify the real, but matter as a source of spacio-temporal extension is common in this way. And so identifying something as spacio-temporal does not provide enough information to tell us if it is real.

Spacio-temporality allows a common platform to consider nature as art, and in this sense it is extremely useful. But it cannot be a sufficient ontology. So how does matter enter into the real things?



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