The Ontology of Spacetime II Book
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The Ontology of Spacetime II


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  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2008-06-17
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 357
  • ISBN 10 : 0080569889

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The Ontology of Spacetime II Book Description :

The sixteen papers collected in this volume are expanded and revised versions of talks delivered at the Second International Conference on the Ontology of Spacetime, organized by the International Society for the Advanced Study of Spacetime (John Earman, President) at Concordia University (Montreal) from 9 to 11 June 2006. Most chapters are devoted to subjects directly relating to the ontology of spacetime. The book starts with four papers that discuss the ontological status of spacetime and the processes occurring in it from a point of view that is first of all conceptual and philosophical. The focus then slightly shifts in the five papers that follow, to considerations more directly involving technical considerations from relativity theory. After this, Time, Becoming and Change take centre stage in the next five papers. The book ends with two excursions into relatively uncharted territory: a consideration of the status of Kaluza-Klein theory, and an investigation of possible relations between the nature of spacetime and condensed matter physics, respectively. Space and time in present-day physics and philosophy Relatively low level of technicality, easily accessible Introduction from scratch of the debates surrounding time Broad spectrum of approaches, coherently represented

The Ontology of Spacetime Book

The Ontology of Spacetime


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  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2006-07-10
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 0080461883

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The Ontology of Spacetime Book Description :

This book contains selected papers from the First International Conference on the Ontology of Spacetime. Its fourteen chapters address two main questions: first, what is the current status of the substantivalism/relationalism debate, and second, what about the prospects of presentism and becoming within present-day physics and its philosophy? The overall tenor of the four chapters of the book’s first part is that the prospects of spacetime substantivalism are bleak, although different possible positions remain with respect to the ontological status of spacetime. Part II and Part III of the book are devoted to presentism, eternalism, and becoming, from two different perspectives. In the six chapters of Part II it is argued, in different ways, that relativity theory does not have essential consequences for these issues. It certainly is true that the structure of time is different, according to relativity theory, from the one in classical theory. But that does not mean that a decision is forced between presentism and eternalism, or that becoming has proved to be an impossible concept. It may even be asked whether presentism and eternalism really offer different ontological perspectives at all. The writers of the last four chapters, in Part III, disagree. They argue that relativity theory is incompatible with becoming and presentism. Several of them come up with proposals to go beyond relativity, in order to restore the prospects of presentism. · Space and time in present-day physics and philosophy · Introduction from scratch of the debates surrounding time · Broad spectrum of approaches, coherently represented

The Ontology of Spacetime Book

The Ontology of Spacetime


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  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2006-07-10
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 0080461883

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The Ontology of Spacetime Book Description :

This book contains selected papers from the First International Conference on the Ontology of Spacetime. Its fourteen chapters address two main questions: first, what is the current status of the substantivalism/relationalism debate, and second, what about the prospects of presentism and becoming within present-day physics and its philosophy? The overall tenor of the four chapters of the book’s first part is that the prospects of spacetime substantivalism are bleak, although different possible positions remain with respect to the ontological status of spacetime. Part II and Part III of the book are devoted to presentism, eternalism, and becoming, from two different perspectives. In the six chapters of Part II it is argued, in different ways, that relativity theory does not have essential consequences for these issues. It certainly is true that the structure of time is different, according to relativity theory, from the one in classical theory. But that does not mean that a decision is forced between presentism and eternalism, or that becoming has proved to be an impossible concept. It may even be asked whether presentism and eternalism really offer different ontological perspectives at all. The writers of the last four chapters, in Part III, disagree. They argue that relativity theory is incompatible with becoming and presentism. Several of them come up with proposals to go beyond relativity, in order to restore the prospects of presentism. · Space and time in present-day physics and philosophy · Introduction from scratch of the debates surrounding time · Broad spectrum of approaches, coherently represented

Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime Book
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Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime


  • Author : Vesselin Petkov
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2009-06-23
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 9783642019623

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Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime Book Description :

Puts the emphasis on conceptual questions: Why is there no such thing as absolute motion? What is the physical meaning of relativity of simultaneity? But, the most important question that is addressed in this book is "what is the nature of spacetime?" or, equivalently, "what is the dimensionality of the world at the macroscopic level?" Develops answers to these questions via a thorough analysis of relativistic effects and explicitly asking whether the objects involved in those effects are three-dimensional or four-dimensional. Discusses the implication of the result (this analysis clearly shows that if the world and the physical objects were three-dimensional, none of the kinematic relativistic effects and the experimental evidence supporting them would be possible) for physics, philosophy, and our entire world view are discussed.

Epistemology of Experimental Gravity   Scientific Rationality Book

Epistemology of Experimental Gravity Scientific Rationality


  • Author : Nicolae Sfetcu
  • Publisher : MultiMedia Publishing
  • Release Date :
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9786060333210

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Epistemology of Experimental Gravity Scientific Rationality Book Description :

The evolution of gravitational tests from an epistemological perspective framed in the concept of rational reconstruction of Imre Lakatos, based on his methodology of research programmes. Unlike other works on the same subject, the evaluated period is very extensive, starting with Newton's natural philosophy and up to the quantum gravity theories of today. In order to explain in a more rational way the complex evolution of the gravity concept of the last century, I propose a natural extension of the methodology of the research programmes of Lakatos that I then use during the paper. I believe that this approach offers a new perspective on how evolved over time the concept of gravity and the methods of testing each theory of gravity, through observations and experiments. I argue, based on the methodology of the research programmes and the studies of scientists and philosophers, that the current theories of quantum gravity are degenerative, due to the lack of experimental evidence over a long period of time and of self-immunization against the possibility of falsification. Moreover, a methodological current is being developed that assigns a secondary, unimportant role to verification through observations and/or experiments. For this reason, it will not be possible to have a complete theory of quantum gravity in its current form, which to include to the limit the general relativity, since physical theories have always been adjusted, during their evolution, based on observational or experimental tests, and verified by the predictions made. Also, contrary to a widespread opinion and current active programs regarding the unification of all the fundamental forces of physics in a single final theory, based on string theory, I argue that this unification is generally unlikely, and it is not possible anyway for a unification to be developed based on current theories of quantum gravity, including string theory. In addition, I support the views of some scientists and philosopher

Towards a Theory of Spacetime Theories Book

Towards a Theory of Spacetime Theories


  • Author : Dennis Lehmkuhl
  • Publisher : Birkhäuser
  • Release Date : 2017-01-05
  • Genre: Mathematics
  • Pages : 335
  • ISBN 10 : 9781493932108

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Towards a Theory of Spacetime Theories Book Description :

This contributed volume is the result of a July 2010 workshop at the University of Wuppertal Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Studies which brought together world-wide experts from physics, philosophy and history, in order to address a set of questions first posed in the 1950s: How do we compare spacetime theories? How do we judge, objectively, which is the “best” theory? Is there even a unique answer to this question? The goal of the workshop, and of this book, is to contribute to the development of a meta-theory of spacetime theories. Such a meta-theory would reveal insights about specific spacetime theories by distilling their essential similarities and differences, deliver a framework for a class of theories that could be helpful as a blueprint to build other meta-theories, and provide a higher level viewpoint for judging which theory most accurately describes nature. But rather than drawing a map in broad strokes, the focus is on particularly rich regions in the “space of spacetime theories.” This work will be of interest to physicists, as well as philosophers and historians of science working with or interested in General Relativity and/or Space, Time and Gravitation more generally.

The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity Book

The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity


  • Author : Dean Rickles
  • Publisher : Clarendon Press
  • Release Date : 2006-11-16
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199269693

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The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity Book Description :

What is spacetime? General relativity and quantum field theory answer this question in very different ways. This collection of essays by physicists and philosophers looks at the problem of uniting these two most fundamental theories of our world, focusing on the nature of space and time within this new quantum framework, and the kind of metaphysical picture suggested by recent developments in physics and mathematics. This is a book that will inspire further philosophical reflection on recent advances in modern physics.

The Bloomsbury Companion to Metaphysics Book

The Bloomsbury Companion to Metaphysics


  • Author : Neil A. Manson
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2014-12-18
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472585875

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The Bloomsbury Companion to Metaphysics Book Description :

Bridging the gap between the familiar figures of the history of philosophy and the technical approaches favoured by contemporary philosophers, The Bloomsbury Companion to Metaphysics introduces the key ideas and debates needed to understand analytic metaphysics. Presenting an effective syllabus for an introductory course in contemporary metaphysics, this companion brings together a team of leading metaphysicians. It begins with a comprehensive introduction to methodological problems and methods, before tackling the perennial metaphysical questions surrounding core topics such as: • Modality • Universals and Abstract Objects • Naturalism and Physicalism • Mind • Free Will • God

Symmetry  Structure  and Spacetime Book

Symmetry Structure and Spacetime


  • Author : Dean Rickles
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 229
  • ISBN 10 : 9780444531162

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Symmetry Structure and Spacetime Book Description :

In this book Rickles considers several interpretative difficulties raised by gauge-type symmetries (those that correspond to no change in physical state). The ubiquity of such symmetries in modern physics renders them an urgent topic in philosophy of physics. Rickles focuses on spacetime physics, and in particular classical and quantum general relativity. Here the problems posed are at their most pathological, involving the apparent disappearance of spacetime! Rickles argues that both traditional ontological positions should be replaced by a structuralist account according to which relational structure is what the physics is about. · Unified treatment of gauge symmetries and their relationship to ontology in physics · Brings philosophy of space and time into step with developments in modern physics · Argues against the received view on the implications of symmetries in physics · Provides elementary treatments of technical issues · Illustrates a novel defense of structuralism

Physical Foundations of Cosmology Book

Physical Foundations of Cosmology


  • Author : P. J. Steinhardt
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2005-11-10
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 421
  • ISBN 10 : 0521563984

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Physical Foundations of Cosmology Book Description :

"This is an ideal textbook both for advanced students of physics and astrophysics and for those with a particular interest in theoretical cosmology. Nearly every formula in the book is derived from basic physical principles covered in undergraduate courses. Each chapter includes all necessary background material and no prior knowledge of general relativity and quantum field theory is assumed."--BOOK JACKET.

A Companion to the Philosophy of Time Book

A Companion to the Philosophy of Time


  • Author : Adrian Bardon
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2013-01-22
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 600
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118522059

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A Companion to the Philosophy of Time Book Description :

A Companion to the Philosophy of Time presents the broadest treatment of this subject yet; 32 specially commissioned articles - written by an international line-up of experts – provide an unparalleled reference work for students and specialists alike in this exciting field. The most comprehensive reference work on the philosophy of time currently available The first collection to tackle the historical development of the philosophy of time in addition to covering contemporary work Provides a tripartite approach in its organization, covering history of the philosophy of time, time as a feature of the physical world, and time as a feature of experience Includes contributions from both distinguished, well-established scholars and rising stars in the field

Space  Time  and Spacetime Book

Space Time and Spacetime


  • Author : Vesselin Petkov
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2010-09-02
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN 10 : 3642135382

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Space Time and Spacetime Book Description :

Dedicated to the centennial anniversary of Minkowski's discovery of spacetime, this volume contains papers, most presented at the Third International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime, that address some of the deepest questions in physics.

Concepts of Simultaneity Book

Concepts of Simultaneity


  • Author : Max Jammer
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 2006-09-12
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN 10 : 0801884225

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Space  Time and Perversion Book

Space Time and Perversion


  • Author : Elizabeth Grosz
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-10-24
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317325451

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Space Time and Perversion Book Description :

Exploring the fields of architecture, philosophy, and queer theory, Grosz shows how feminism and cultural analysis have conceptually stripped bodies of their specificity, their corporeality, and the vestigal traces of their production as bodies. She investigates the work of Michel Foucault, Teresa de Lauretis, Gilles Deleuze, Judith Butler and Alphonso Lingi, considering their work by examining the ways in which the functioning of bodies transforms understandings of space and time, knowledge and desire. Grosz moves toward a radical consideration of bodies and their relationship to transgression and perversity.

C  D  Broad s Ontology of Mind Book

C D Broad s Ontology of Mind


  • Author : L. Nathan Oaklander
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Release Date : 2013-05-02
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 105
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110326871

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C D Broad s Ontology of Mind Book Description :

C. D. Broad's writing on various philosophical issues spans more than half a century. Rather than attempt to trace the development of his thought throughout these fifty years this book considers his most representative work, namely, The Mind and Its Place in Nature. Nor does the scope of this study encompass the whole of that book, but only some of the issues he discusses in it. Specifically, Oaklander considers what Broad has to say about such fundamental issues as substance, universals, relations, space, time, and intentionality in the contexts of perception, memory and introspection. L. Nathan Oaklander studied philosophy at the university of Iowa. He is a student of Gustav Bergmann, one of the most distinguished ontologist in 20th century philosophy.