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Time in Special Relativity

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We compare and contrast special relativistic time with time in prerelativistic physics. In relativity there are no unique time intervals between events, and there is no unique simultaneity relation. We discuss consequences of this situation for the philosophy of time. Although we do not subscribe to the thesis that relativistic simultaneity is purely conventional, we argue that this simultaneity is unrelated to a flow of time.

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Dieks, D. (2014). Time in Special Relativity. In: Ashtekar, A., Petkov, V. (eds) Springer Handbook of Spacetime. Springer Handbooks. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-41992-8_6

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