The relativity of simultaneity between eternalism and presentism

Por • 15 feb, 2013 • Sección: Filosofía

Mario Bacelar Valente

Abstract: The relativity of simultaneity seems to favour a block universe view according to which the universe is a timelessly existing four-dimensional world, i.e. it favours an eternalist position. In this way, presentism is taken to be at odds with the theory of relativity. In this paper I will look in detail into the relativity of simultaneity by recovering Einstein’s original approach. By clarifying the physical meaning of the relativity of simultaneity one can inform the philosophical debate. It turns out that, contrary to conventional wisdom, eternalist arguments cannot be made to stand when taking into account the relativity of simultaneity properly interpreted.

arXiv:1302.2603v1 [physics.hist-ph]

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