PHIL 423 - Problems of Space and Time
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
One logic introduction and either one other philosophy course or 12 credits of science.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Traditional philosophical questions about the nature of time and space have been strikingly influenced in the twentieth century by the results of contemporary physical science. At the same time, the important current physical theories of space and time rest explicitly or implicitly on deep-rooted philosophical assumptions. The purpose of this course is to study the mutual interaction between science and philosophy as illustrated in problems about space and time. Typical topics to be considered include the status of knowledge about the structure of space and time, substantial versus relational theories of space-time, spatio-temporal order and causal order, and the so-called problem of the direction of time. This course can be appreciated by students who have either a background in philosophy — especially logic and philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology — or background in physical science or mathematics. An attempt is made in this course to introduce the fundamental ideas of both philosophy and science at a level which can be understood by those without extensive background so students need not be proficient in both science and philosophy to benefit from the course. The primary text is L. Sklar's Space, Time, and Spacetime. There are additional readings from such authors as Reichenbach, Poincaré, Grunbaum, Smart, Wheeler, and others.

PHIL 423 - Problems of Space and Time
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
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ISBN: 9780486604435
The philosophy of space and time, Author: Reichenbach, Hans., Publisher: Dover Publications 1958
ISBN: 9780520031746
Space, time, and spacetime., Author: Lawrence Sklar., Publisher: University of California 1st pbk. e 1977
ISBN: 0262581698
Space from Zeno to Einstein : classic readings with a contemporary commentary, Author: ed. and with a commentary by Nick Huggett., Publisher: MIT Press 1999
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