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Temporal Asymmetry And Relativity

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This chapter explores the compatibility of the Special theory of relativity (STR) with a dynamic notion of physical time. Such an approach seeks to establish the reality of time against the standard account, according to which the STR implies the unreality of time and shows that the physical world is static. The chapter shows that a dynamic view of time within relativistic space-time physics can be recovered if both topologic and entropic aspects of the kinematic relations between reference frames are taken into account. The chapter discusses about tenseless physical time, which arises from the STR, is compatible with a dynamic conception of time. It briefly reviews some of the main arguments that have been used to shore up the philosophy of being or becoming, respectively. The chapter explores the concept of temporal asymmetry.

Keywords: Philosophy; Special theory of relativity (STR); temporal asymmetry; time



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