Indeterminism and the Special Theory of Relativity

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


We now turn to the question of the relation between the standard STR and indeterminism. I will argue that the theory is perfectly consistent with indeterminism. Recently several philosophers1 have claimed to find a difficulty for the sort of indeterminism described in Chapter I and the STR. Some even argue that if the latter theory is “true” then determinism must also be true. I shall try to show that this view is mistaken.


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    P. T. Landsberg, “Time in Statistical Physics and Special Relativity” in J. T. Fraser, F. C. Haber and G. H. Muller, ed., The Study of Time, New York, Heidelberg, Berlin; Springer-Verlag, 1972, pp. 59–109, esp. pp. 97, 98.Google Scholar

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

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