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Presentism and Relativity

Balashov, Yuri and Janssen, Michel (2002) Presentism and Relativity. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this critical notice we argue against William Craig's recent attempt to reconcile presentism (roughly, the view that only the present is real) with relativity theory. Craig's defense of his position boils down to endorsing a neo-Lorentzian interpretation of special relativity. We contend that his reconstruction of Lorentz's theory and its historical development is fatally flawed and that his arguments for reviving this theory fail on many counts.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Balashov, Yuri
Janssen, Michel
Keywords: Relativity, Philosophy of Physics, Spacetime, Philosophy of Time, Time, Metaphysics, Presentism, Persistence, Lorentz, Einstein
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Yuri Balashov
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2002
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 15:01
Item ID: 525
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/525

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