List of Contributors – vii
Introduction – ix
- PART I: THE ONTOLOGY OF SPACETIME
- John Earman – The Implications of General Covariance for the Ontology and Ideology of Spacetime – 3
- Carlo Rovelli – The Disappearance of Space and Time – 25
- Jonathan Bain – Spacetime Structuralism – 37
- Harvey R. Brown & Oliver Pooley – Minkowski Space-Time: A Glorious Non-Entity – 67
- PART II: TIME, BECOMING AND RELATIVITY: COMPATIBILIST POSITIONS
- "Dorato (Mauro) - The Irrelevance of the Presentist / Eternalist Debate for the Ontology of Minkowski Spacetime" – 93
- Steven F. Savitt – Presentism and Eternalism in Perspective – 111
- Richard T.W. Arthur – Minkowski Spacetime and the Dimensions of the Present – 129
- Dennis Dieks – Becoming, Relativity and Locality – 157
- Yuval Dolev – How to Square A Non-localized Present with Special Relativity – 177
- Storrs McCall – Philosophical Consequences of the Twins Paradox – 191
- PART III: TIME, BECOMING AND RELATIVITY: INCOMPATIBILIST VOICES
- Vesselin Petkov – Is There an Alternative to the Block Universe View? – 207
- Nicholas Maxwell – Special Relativity, Time, Probabilism and Ultimate Reality – 229
- Kent A. Peacock – Temporal Presentness and the Dynamics of Spacetime – 247
- Bradley Monton – Presentism and Quantum Gravity – 263
Author Index – 281
Subject Index – 285
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"Dorato (Mauro) - The Irrelevance of the Presentist / Eternalist Debate for the Ontology of Minkowski Spacetime"
Source: Philosophy and Foundations of Physics: The Ontology of Spacetime, D. Dieks (Editor), Chapter 5, 2006, Elsevier
- I argue that the debate between the so-called presentists and eternalists either lacks substance or is merely pragmatical.
- Consequently, I show that such a debate has no implications whatsoever both for our understanding of Minkowski spacetime and for notions like change, persistence and becoming.
- In particular, becoming should not be construed as presupposing an ontological asymmetry between past (or present) and future, but as the successive occurrence of timelike-related events, an issue related to the various arrows that have been taken to mark the asymmetry of time.
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