Physical Time

  • Henry Mehlberg
  • Robert S. Cohen
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 19-1)


Intuitive time has been defined as a set of relations of simultaneity, succession, and duration linking psychological states to one another. It is neither a homogeneous medium where psychological processes follow their course, nor a receptacle in which they take place; it has no reality outside of them. In rejecting the substantival theory of intuitive time we made no dogmatic assertions on the nature of time, but only contended that there is nothing in what we learn from observation of the temporal properties of the psychological flux which forces us to accept the substantival nature of time.


Causal Relation Temporal Order Lorentz Transformation Elementary Event Physical Time 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Mehlberg
  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Philosophy and History of ScienceBoston UniversityUSA

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