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Tense Logic in Einstein-Minkowski Space-time

Harrington, James (2007) Tense Logic in Einstein-Minkowski Space-time. [Preprint]

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This paper argues that the Einstein-Minkowski space-time of special relativity provides an adequate model for classical tense logic, including rigorous definitions of tensed becoming and of the logical priority of <em>proper time</em>. In addition, the extension of classical tense logic with an operator for predicate-term negation provides us with a framework for interpreting and defending the significance of future contingency in special relativity. The framework for future contingents developed here involves the dual falsehood of non-logical contraries, only one of which becomes true. This has several methodological, metaphysical and physical advantages over the alternative traditional frameworks for handling future contingents.

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Item Type: Preprint
Harrington, James
Keywords: spacetime, tense logic, indeterminacy, future contingents, relativity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2010 12:44
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2010 12:44
Item ID: 8393

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