Space-like Time: Consequences of, Alternatives to and Arguments Regarding the Theory That Time Is like Space

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The concept of time and its similarity to or difference from space has provoked vastly different ideas among philosophers, physicists, and other thinkers. According to F.M. Christensen, previous work on the theory that time is like space (as arguably required by the Theories of Relativity) has failed to reveal fully all its consequences. Christensen's analysis examines evidence for and against that theory, and compares and contrasts other concepts of time. Also discussed are such perennial issues as the asymmetry...
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The concept of time and its similarity to or difference from space has provoked vastly different ideas among philosophers, physicists, and other thinkers. According to F.M. Christensen, previous work on the theory that time is like space (as arguably required by the Theories of Relativity) has failed to reveal fully all its consequences. Christensen's analysis examines evidence for and against that theory, and compares and contrasts other concepts of time. Also discussed are such perennial issues as the asymmetry of time, the relationship between causation and time, and the problem of inertia. The final chapter is devoted to the import of the Theory of Relativity for the nature of time. In addition to linguistic analysis, Christensen draws on concepts from modern physics. His conclusions will be significant for both philosophers and physicists.
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According to Christensen (philosophy, U. of Alberta), previous work on the theory that time is like space has failed to reveal fully all its consequences. Christensen's analysis examines evidence for and against that theory, and compares and contrasts other concepts of time. Also discussed are such issues as the asymmetry of time, the relationship between causation and time, and the problem of inertia. The final chapter is devoted to the import of the Theory of Relativity for the nature of time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802028167
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Series: Toronto Studies in Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 4.52 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Concept of Space 3
Space and Its Varieties 3
Arguing about the Reality of Space 18
The Problem of Inertia 34
2 Reality and Linguistic Form 46
The Problem of Universals 46
The Problem of Events 51
Grammar and the Nature of Possibility 59
The Grammar of Time 65
3 The Theory of Space-Like Time 76
The Basic Thesis 76
Temporal Existence vs. Temporal Location 86
Temporal Persistence vs. Temporal Extendedness 96
Time and Space Together 107
4 Alternative Concepts of Time 120
The P-Theory of Time 120
The Naive Theory, and Time's Puzzling Passage 134
More Tense-Eliminating Theories 148
5 What, Then, Is Time? 171
The Source of the Problem 171
Time and Immediate Experience 177
Arguments from Observation and Science 189
6 Three Related Issues 197
The Asymmetry of Time 197
Time and Causation 214
Inertia and the S-Theory 228
7 Time and Einsteinian Relativity 242
Aspects of Special Relativity 242
Special Relativity and the Nature of Time 262
Time and General Relativity 274
Is the S-Theory True? 287
Appendix: Logical and Linguistic Preliminaries 291
Notes 297
Selected Bibliography 309
Index 311
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