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Neither Presentism nor Eternalism -- at What Price?

Petkov, Vesselin (2020) Neither Presentism nor Eternalism -- at What Price? [Preprint]

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In a recent paper "Neither Presentism nor Eternalism" (Foundations of Physics (2019) 49, pp. 1325-1335) Carlo Rovelli argued that there is a way out of the dilemma -- presentism or eternalism. However his attempt to avoid it comes at a high price: avoiding to address the fundamental question of the dimensionality of the world and contradicting both Minkowski's arguments for the reality of spacetime, based on the experiments at his time, and the relativistic experimental evidence after his time. I will summarize the main points of that contradiction and will stress again that none of the experiments, which confirmed the relativistic kinematic effects, would be possible if spacetime were not real, which demonstrates that any claim (including Rovelli's), that becoming is objective, directly contradicts the experimental evidence.


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Petkov, Vesselinvpetkov@minkowskiinstitute.org0000-0003-0678-4793
Keywords: becoming, spacetime, block universe, eternalism, presentism, relativity of simultaneity, conventionality of simultaneity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Vesselin Petkov
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2020 02:43
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2020 02:43
Item ID: 17070
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 13 April 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17070

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