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Convention Objectified and the Past Unlocked

Huw Price

in Time's Arrow & Archimedes' Point

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780195117981
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853045 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195117981.003.0007
Convention Objectified and the Past Unlocked

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Philosophers and physicists provide two perspectives of a single object. They argue and contend, for they see with different eyes, each claiming that his own is clear and true. It is not realized that one may be not just caused by the other, but that they are linked more closely, because the two are dependent on each other. On the other hand, it is said that rather that dependence, time does exist in a temporal scheme, such as the past affects the future and not the other way around. The chapter discusses the conventionalist account of asymmetry, what it is and what the objections to it are, as well as the agreements about it. It probes individual perspectives and considers what is deemed to be factual.

Keywords: philosophers; physicists; dependence; causation

Chapter.  14550 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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