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Presentism as an empirical hypothesis

Brading, Katherine (2012) Presentism as an empirical hypothesis. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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Within philosophy of physics it is broadly accepted that presentism as an empirical hypothesis has been falsified by the development of special relativity. In this paper, I identify and reject an assumption common to both presentists and advocates of the block universe, and then offer an alternative version of presentism that does not begin from spatiotemporal structure, which is an empirical hypothesis, and which has yet to be falsified. I fear that labelling it “presentism” dooms the view, but I don’t know what else to call it.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Keywords: presentism special relativity law-constitutive
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Katherine A. Brading
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 14:06
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2012 14:06
Item ID: 9428

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