Foundations of Science

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 405–409 | Cite as

Mario Bunge on Gravitational Waves and the Reality of Spacetime

  • Gustavo E. Romero


I discuss the recent claims made by Mario Bunge on the philosophical implications of the discovery of gravitational waves. I think that Bunge is right when he points out that the detection implies the materiality of spacetime, but I reject his identification of spacetime with the gravitational field. I show that Bunge’s analysis of the spacetime inside a hollow sphere is defective, but this in no way affects his main claim.


Ontology Spacetime Gravitational waves Substantivalism 



I thank Mario Bunge for stimulating discussions. My research on gravitation is supported by Grant PIP 0338 (CONICET) and Grant AYA2016-76012-C3-1-P (Ministro de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, España).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR, CCT La Plata, CONICET-CIC) Buenos AiresArgentina

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