What Survives from the Classical Concept of Absolute Time

  • Milic Capek
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 123)


The title of this paper may be understood as a form of question which is only in part a question of intellectual history. It cannot be answered by a mere outline of the post-Newtonian development of the concept of time; what is needed is also to contrast the modern concept of time with its classical counterpart and to analyze whether some residue of the latter is not perhaps present, no matter how disguised, in the concept which is generally accepted today. I do not mean only the time of relativity; there is a similar problem of time in thermodynamics, in quantum theory and in cosmogony, even though the one in relativity is probably the most fundamental.


Classical Physic Universal Time Absolute Time Absolute Space Causal Past 
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  • Milic Capek
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  1. 1.Center for the Philosophy and History of ScienceBoston UniversityUSA

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