Outline of a Theory of System-Times

  • Wolfgang Deppert
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 163)


Since Kant, at least, widespread acceptance has been gained by the basic philosophical view that space and time should no longer be understood as characteristics of the world as such but rather as conditions set upon the possibility of human experience. The appearance of non-Euclidean theories underlined the fact that other and further conceptions of space were competing with the Euclidean geometry which Kant held to be the sole viable geometry, and there began to be talk in terms of concepts of space. When Einstein then, in his General Theory of Relativity, fused space and time into a four-dimensional manifold based upon Riemannian geometry, it became possible to talk also in terms of concepts of time - or more exactly, in terms of spacetime concepts.


Physical World Unity Statement Riemannian Geometry Physical Class Physical Time 
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