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ON BECOMING, COSMIC TIME AND ROTATING UNIVERSES

Dorato, Mauro (2001) ON BECOMING, COSMIC TIME AND ROTATING UNIVERSES. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    In the literature on the compatibility between the time of our experience and the time of physics, the special theory of relativity has enjoyed central stage. By bringing into the discussion the general theory of relativity, I suggest a new analysis of the misunderstood notion of becoming, developed from hints in Gödel�s published and unpublished arguments for the ideality of time. I claim that recent endorsements of such arguments, based on Gödel�s own �rotating� solution to Einstein�s field equation, fail: once understood in the right way, becoming can be shown to be both mind-independent and compatible with spacetime physics. Being a needed tertium quid between views of time traditionally regarded as in conflict, such a new approach to becoming should also help to dissolve a crucial aspect of the century-old debate between the so-called A and B theories of time.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Becoming, Relativity, Change
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
    Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 150
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/150

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