Absolute Space

  • Richard Swinburne


PLACES, we have seen, are identified by their spatial relations to material objects forming a frame of reference, and whether spatial things are said to be at rest or in motion and how far they are said to have moved depends on the frame chosen.


Stein Rosen Mast Huygens Lawson 


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© Richard Swinburne 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Swinburne
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HullUK

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