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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
      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: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
      Item ID: 525
      URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/525

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