Graduate studies at Western
Synthese 131 (2):173 - 189 (2002)
|Abstract||A supertask is a process in which an infinite number of individuated actions are performed in a finite time. A Newtonian supertask is one that obeys Newton''s laws of motion. Such supertasks can violate energy and momentum conservation and can exhibit indeterministic behavior. Perez Laraudogoitia, who proposed several Newtonian supertasks, uses a local, i.e., particle-by-particle, analysis to obtain these and other paradoxical properties of Newtonian supertasks. Alper and Bridger use a global analysis, embedding the system of particles in a Banach space, to determine the origin of the strange behavior. This paper provides a common framework for the discussion of both the local and global methods of analysis. Using this single framework, the areas of disagreement and agreement are made explicit. Further examples of supertasks are proposed to illuminate various aspects of the discussion.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Jon Pérez Laraudogoitia (1999). Why Dynamical Self-Excitation is Possible. Synthese 119 (3):313-323.
Jon Pérez Laraudogoitia (2005). An Interesting Fallacy Concerning Dynamical Supertasks. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (2):321 - 334.
Jon Pérez Laraudogoitia (2005). An Interesting Fallacy Concerning Dynamical Supertasks. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (2):321-334.
John Earman & John D. Norton (1998). Comments on Laraudogoitia's 'Classical Particle Dynamics, Indeterminism and a Supertask'. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (1):123-133.
Jon Pérez Laraudogoitia (2002). On the Dynamics of Alper and Bridger. Synthese 131 (2):157 - 171.
John Norton (2000). What Is a Newtonian System? The Failure of Energy Conservation and Determinism in Supertasks. Synthese 124 (2):281 - 293.
J. S. Alper, M. Bridger, J. Earman & J. D. Norton (2000). What is a Newtonian System? The Failure of Energy Conservation and Determinism in Supertasks. Synthese 124 (2):281-293.
Mark Bridger & Joseph S. Alper (1999). On the Dynamics of Perez Lauraudogoitia's Supertask. Synthese 119 (3):325-337.
Joseph S. Alper & Mark Bridger (1998). Newtonian Supertasks: A Critical Analysis. Synthese 114 (2):355-369.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads12 ( #101,329 of 740,329 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #61,960 of 740,329 )
How can I increase my downloads?