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The story of the tablecloth: deriving “before” from atemporal notions

Saudek, Daniel (2022) The story of the tablecloth: deriving “before” from atemporal notions. [Preprint]

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This article develops a new account of the relation “before” between events. It does so by taking the set of all states of an object, irrespective of any presupposed order, and then ordering it by exploiting a characteristic asymmetry which appears on this set. It is shown that this asymmetry both implies temporal order, and is arguably also necessary for defining it. The upshot is that temporal ordering is a local phenomenon and requires no global temporal structure of spacetime.


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Saudek, Daniel
Keywords: before, local time
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Daniel Saudek
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 18:27
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2022 18:27
Item ID: 21015
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Date: August 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21015

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