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Consequences of Minkowski’s Unification of Space and Time for a Philosophy of Nature

  • Herbert Pietschmann
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Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 165)

Abstract

Philosophy of nature is defined as opposed to the model of physics as well as to epistomology and transcendental philosophy. The question “what is space” is first dealt with in the old paradigm with space and time separated. The philosophical notion of “aporon” is introduced as the self-contradictory unity of object and communication. It is argued, that gravitation is the necessary communication providing the “existence” of space. The concept is extended to Minkowski’s space-time. In order to achieve this, the philosophical notion of “now” is introduced and the problem of “duration” or “substance” is dealt with.

Keywords

Philosophy of nature Space Time Aporon Existence 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert Pietschmann
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  1. 1.Emeritus at Faculty of PhysicsUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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