Chapter

 It’s just one damn thing after another

Frank Arntzenius

in Space, Time, and Stuff

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696604
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.003.0001
 It’s just one damn thing after another

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This chapter discusses the radical idea that, fundamentally, time has no structure whatsoever. The picture is that time is just a collection of snapshots, that there are no fundamental facts about the length of temporal intervals, no fundamental facts even about the order in which events occur. Julian Barbour has developed such a theory, a theory according to which the structure of time is non-fundamental and derives entirely from the patterns of events in each snapshot. Remarkable as Barbour’s achievement is, in this chapter it is argued that is not plausible that time has no fundamental structure.

Keywords: fundamental; structure; time

Chapter.  18023 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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