Prospects for a Causal Theory of Space-Time
What could possibly constitute a more essential, a more ineliminable, component of our conceptual framework than that ordering of phenomena which places them in space and time? The spatiality and temporality of things is, we feel, the very condition of their existing at all and having other, less primordial, features. A world devoid of color, smell or taste we could, perhaps, imagine. Similarly a world stripped of what we take to be essential theoretical properties also seems conceivable to us. We could imagine a world without electric charge, without the atomic constitution of matter, perhaps without matter at all. But a world not in time? A world not spatial? Except to some Platonists, I suppose, such a world seems devoid of real being altogether.
KeywordsCausal Relation Minkowski Spacetime Causal Theory Reduction Basis Local Simultaneity
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