Space, Time, and Spacetime

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University of California Press, Mar 15, 1977 - Philosophy - 423 pages
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In this book, Lawrence Sklar demonstrates the interdependence of science and philosophy by examining a number of crucial problems on the nature of space and time—problems that require for their resolution the resources of philosophy and of physics.

The overall issues explored are our knowledge of the geometry of the world, the existence of spacetime as an entity over and above the material objects of the world, the relation between temporal order and causal order, and the problem of the direction of time. Without neglecting the most subtle philosophical points or the most advanced contributions of contemporary physics, the author has taken pains to make his explorations intelligible to the reader with no advanced training in physics, mathematics, or philosophy. The arguments are set forth step-by-step, beginning from first principles; and the philosophical discussions are supplemented in detail by nontechnical expositions of crucial features of physical theories.
 

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Contents

chapter INTRODUCTION
6
B An Outline of the History of Geometry
13
Space and Time versus SpacetimeA
55
The Physical Possibility of a NonEuclidean World
65
The Empiricist Reply to Poincare
94
The Conventionality of Nonmetric Features
101
H The Framework of Philosophical Perplexity
113
Bibliography for Chapter II
147
Bibliography for Chapter III
235
A Preliminary Remarks
241
Causal Order and Temporal Order in Special Relativity
276
Causal Order and Temporal Order in General Relativity
297
E The Causal Theory of Time
318
Bibliography for Chapter IV
344
A The Philosophical Background
351
Some De Facto Irreversible Processes
372

chapter ABSOLUTE MOTION AND SUBSTANTIVAL
155
Newton and His Critics
182
The Evolution of Physics and the Problem
194
E General Relativity and the Problem
210
Aspects of Statistical Physics
379
Bibliography for Chapter V
412
Index
419
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