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Have we lost spacetime on the way? Narrowing the gap between general relativity and quantum gravity

Baptiste Le Bihan
Niels Linnemann
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Important features of space and time are taken to be missing in quantum gravity, allegedly requiring an explanation of the emergence of spacetime from non-spatio-temporal theories. In this paper, we argue that the explanatory gap between general relativity and non-spatio-temporal quantum gravity theories might significantly be reduced with two moves. First, we point out that spacetime is already partially missing in the context of general relativity when understood from a dynamical perspective. Second, we argue that most approaches to quantum gravity already start with an in-built distinction between structures to which the asymmetry between space and time can be traced back.
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hal-02064978 , version 1 (12-03-2019)

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Baptiste Le Bihan, Niels Linnemann. Have we lost spacetime on the way? Narrowing the gap between general relativity and quantum gravity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 2019, 65, pp.112-121. ⟨10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.10.010⟩. ⟨hal-02064978⟩
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