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Equality of Time Intervals

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/9780199575114.003.0008
Equality of Time Intervals

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The absolutist claims that our preparedness to speak of one clock as a more accurate time-keeper than another commits us to the ideal of an absolute time against which our clocks are to be judged. Similarly, it is held that rotation and expansion can be understood in terms of a relation to the fixed points of absolute space. A common opposing view would have it that these claims are to be rejected because of their unverifiability, but against this it may be held that motion in its various forms is simply not defined in the circumstances envisaged. Equality of time intervals may also be thought not to be empirically decidable, but to require the adoption of a convention. However, it is argued that such equality can be established empirically, and without having recourse to absolute time. Simultaneity and the rate at which time passes are also discussed.

Keywords: equality; verifiability; convention; simultaneity; absolutism

Chapter.  10100 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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