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Space, Time, and Stuff$
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Frank Arntzenius

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.001.0001

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 It’s just one damn thing after another

 It’s just one damn thing after another

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(p.5) 1 It’s just one damn thing after another
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Space, Time, and Stuff
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Frank Arntzenius

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.003.0001

This chapter discusses the radical idea that, fundamentally, time has no structure whatsoever. The picture is that time is just a collection of snapshots, that there are no fundamental facts about the length of temporal intervals, no fundamental facts even about the order in which events occur. Julian Barbour has developed such a theory, a theory according to which the structure of time is non-fundamental and derives entirely from the patterns of events in each snapshot. Remarkable as Barbour’s achievement is, in this chapter it is argued that is not plausible that time has no fundamental structure.

Keywords:   fundamental, structure, time

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