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Time in Classical Dynamics

Lawrence Sklar

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199298204
Published online September 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199298204.003.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Time in Classical Dynamics

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Time in even classical mechanics has yet to be fully appreciated by philosophers. This chapter begins with time as it is presented to us in Newton's famous “Scholium.” It shows how and why Newton developed a notion that has various specific features, namely, those needed for time to play the role it does in classical dynamics, and, first, asks the question of why Newton needed his “absolute” time. The chapter then deals with refining the concept of time; temporal metric and dynamical laws; and the place of time in foundational physics.

Keywords: classical mechanics; Scholium; Newton; classical dynamics; absolute time; foundational physics

Article.  2422 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science ; Metaphysics

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