, Volume 80, Issue 2, pp 433–436 | Cite as

On Special Relativity and Temporal Illusions

  • Dimitria Electra GatziaEmail author
  • R. D. Ramsier
Original Article


According to metaphysical tensism, there is an objective, albeit ever changing, present moment corresponding to our phenomenal experiences (Ludlow in Philosophy of language, Oxford handbook on tense and aspect. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012; Brogaard and Marlow in Analysis 73(4):635–642, 2013). One of the principle objections to metaphysical tensism has been Einstein’s argument from special relativity, which says that given that the speed of light is constant, there is no absolute simultaneity defined in terms of observations of light rays (Einstein in Ann Phys 17:891–921, 1905). In a recent paper, Brogaard and Marlow (Analysis 73(4):635–642, 2013) argue that this objection fails. We argue that Brogaard and Marlow’s argument fails to show that special relativity does not pose a threat to metaphysical tensism.


Special Relativity Rest Frame Thought Experiment Inertial Frame Stationary Observer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyThe University of Akron Wayne CollegeOrrvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics and Office of Academic AffairsThe University of AkronAkronUSA

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