Ugh! Philosophy and aether wind yet again. QQ and I have already had this discussion. The aether is something that could not be detected died in 1905, still can't be detected, and is an idea that should be retired along with Roman numerals for anything other than a script that is sometimes used the face of clocks to make them appear much older than they are. Certainly, the terms should never be revived for a discussion bearing on science.. Neither of these topics are current, nor are they likely to be resolved any time soon by more careful articulation or definition of any of the terms that refer to them, directly or otherwise. The aether cannot be broken down into a simpler set of concepts, linguistically or otherwise, because the concept was flawed from the outset. So I started a new thread on emerging space, with some NEW science ideas in it, not known or discussed by the likes of Aristotle or Archimedes. Please feel free to chime in there, but if you are going to bring philosophy like this over, well, there's another place "Philosophy" for that. Too many Sean Carroll fans like to equivocate philosophy and science. The former is just too old to be interesting to me, and they are very different. I can't articulate or break it down into more fundamental concepts than that. If the "philosophical method" was so great, it would be ranked with the scientific method as a way to solve problems. It isn't. It doesn't. So please, forget about it.