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Time, Space, and Space—Time

Ian Hinckfuss

in The Existence of Space and Time

Published in print March 1975 | ISBN: 9780198245193
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245193.003.0005
Time, Space, and Space—Time

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This chapter examines the differences between space and time. Some seemingly obvious differences disappear on closer inspection. The chapter starts by outlining the similarities and dissimilarities between time and space. It then elaborates the measurement of time, and the frozen universe problem. A simple universe is described, whose history is said to be repeated at 15-unit intervals. The questions of temporal topology are presented. It has been shown how similar time is to space in many ways, to the point where many philosophical problems about time have their counterpart in problems about space.

Keywords: time; space; frozen universe; measurement; temporal topology; philosophical problems

Chapter.  8774 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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