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Conceptions of Time and Space

Bede Rundle

in Time, Space, and Metaphysics

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199575114
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722349 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575114.003.0001
Conceptions of Time and Space

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This chapter expounds and clarifies the absolute and relational theories of time and space, and indicates the difficulties which each has to face. A further division, also to prove important, is that between concepts whose use presumes the existence of a time-keeper, and those which do not. It is shown that questions concerning simultaneity and temporal ordering may take on a different character depending on which concepts are involved, and it is argued that the non-metrical concepts are the more fundamental.

Keywords: absolute; relational; non-metrical concepts; simultaneity

Chapter.  7860 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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