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Bangs, Crunches, Whimpers, and Shrieks: Singularities and Acausalities in Relativistic Spacetimes
1. Introducing Spacetime Singularities and Acausalities 2. Defining, Characterizing, and Proving the Existence 3. Cosmic Censorship 4. Supertasks 5. The Big Bang and the Horizon Problem 6. TimeExpand
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What Price Spacetime Substantivalism? The Hole Story
  • J. Earman, J. Norton
  • Physics
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1 December 1987
Spacetime substantivalism leads to a radical form of indeterminism within a very broad class of spacetime theories which include our best spacetime theory, general relativity. Extending an argumentExpand
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The Cement Of The Universe
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Bayes or bust
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An Attempt to Add a Little Direction to "The Problem of the Direction of Time"
  • J. Earman
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 1 March 1974
It is argued that the main problem with "the problem of the direction of time" is to figure out what the problem is or is supposed to be. Towards this end, an attempt is made to disentangle and toExpand
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Forever Is a Day: Supertasks in Pitowsky and Malament-Hogarth Spacetimes
The standard theory of computation excludes computations whose completion requires an infinite number of steps. Malament-Hogarth spacetimes admit observers whose pasts contain entire future-directed,Expand
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CETERIS PARIBUS, THERE IS NO PROBLEM OF PROVISOS
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We reject the widespread notion that the achievements and the scientific status of the special sciences must be understood in terms of ceteris paribus laws. Expand
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Two Challenges to the Requirement of Substantive General Covariance
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It is generally acknowledged that the requirement that the laws of a spacetime theory be covariant under a general coordinate transformation is a restriction on the form but not the content of the theory. Expand
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World enough and space-time : absolute versus relational theories of space and time
Newton's "Principia "introduced conceptions of space and time that launched one of the most famous and sustained debates in the history of physics, a controversy that involves fundamental concerns inExpand
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