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Thoroughly Modern McTaggart: Or, What McTaggart Would Have Said if He Had Read the General Theory of Relativity

Earman, John (2002) Thoroughly Modern McTaggart: Or, What McTaggart Would Have Said if He Had Read the General Theory of Relativity. Philosophers' Imprint, 2 (3). 1 - 28. ISSN 1533-628X

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Abstract

The philosophical literature on time and change is fixated on the issue of whether the B-series account of change is adequate or whether real change requires Becoming of either the property-based variety of McTaggart's A-series or the non-property-based form embodied in C. D. Broad's idea of the piling up of successive layers of existence. For present purposes it is assumed that the B-series suffices to ground real change. But then it is noted that modern science in the guise of Einstein's general theory poses a threat to real change by implying that none of the genuine physical magnitudes countenanced by the theory changes its value with time. The aims of this paper are to explain how this seemingly paradoxical conclusion arises and to assess the merits and demerits of possible reactions to it.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Earman, Johnjearman@pitt.eduJEARMAN
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: August 2002
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophers' Imprint
Volume: 2
Number: 3
Publisher: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
Page Range: 1 - 28
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: C.D., Broad, Einstein, McTaggart, change, relativity, time
ISSN: 1533-628X
Official URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3521354.0002.003
Article Type: Research Article
Other ID: hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3521354.0002.003
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2012 17:48
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:07
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13112

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