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PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES ABOUT BLACK HOLES

Romero, Gustavo E. (2014) PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES ABOUT BLACK HOLES. Advances in Black Holes Research. pp. 27-58. ISSN 978-1-63463-168-6

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Abstract

Black holes are extremely relativistic objects. Physical processes around them
occur in a regime where the gravitational field is extremely intense. Under such conditions,
our representations of space, time, gravity, and thermodynamics are pushed
to their limits. In such a situation philosophical issues naturally arise. In this chapter
I review some philosophical questions related to black holes. In particular, the relevance
of black holes for the metaphysical dispute between presentists and eternalists,
the origin of the second law of thermadynamics and its relation to black holes, the
problem of information, black holes and hypercomputing, the nature of determinsim,
and the breakdown of predictability in black hole space-times. I maintain that black
hole physics can be used to illuminate some important problems in the border between
science and philosophy, either epistemology and ontology.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Romero, Gustavo E.gustavo.esteban.romero@gmail.com
Keywords: Black holes, cosmology, philosophy of science
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Gustavo E. Romero
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 21:55
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2018 21:55
Item ID: 14313
Journal or Publication Title: Advances in Black Holes Research
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2014
Page Range: pp. 27-58
ISSN: 978-1-63463-168-6
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14313

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