Retrocausation and Tachyons

  • T. Chapman
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 159)


I will begin this chapter with a brief exposition of the Special Theory of Relativity (hereinafter abbreviated to “STR”) to remind the reader of what it says about time.1 This is relevant to the present chapter and to Chapter IV on indeterminism.


Reference Frame Inertial Frame Causal Explanation Causal Chain Causal Connection 
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  1. 6.
    Olexa-Myron Bilaniuk and E. C. George Sudarshan, “Particles Beyond the Light- Barrier”, Physics Today, May, 1969, pp. 43–51.Google Scholar
  2. Gerald Feinberg, “Particles That Go Faster than Light”, Scientific American, February, 1970, pp. 69–76.Google Scholar
  3. 7.
    Cf. O. M. P. Bilaniuk, V. K. Deslipande and E. C. G. Sudarshan in the American Journal of Physics 30, 718 (1962).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 8.
    See O. M. Bilaniuk, S. L. Brown, B. De Witt, W. A. Necomb, M. Sachs, E. C. G. Sudarshan, S. Yoshikawa, “More About Tachyons” Physics Today, Vol. 22, No. 12 (1969), pp. 47–52. This will be referred to hereafter as MAT. It consists of short pieces by each of the authors except Bilaniuk and Yoshikawa criticizing the latter’s, “Particles Beyond the Light Barrier”, Bilaniuk and Yoshikawa offer a rebuttal.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 12.
    De Witt, MAT, pp. 49–50. Cf. Paul Fitzgerald, “Tachyons, Backwards Causation and Freedom” in Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. VIII, eds., R. C. Buck and R. S. Cohen, 1970, 415–436, pp. 421–422.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Chapman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of GuelphCanada

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