David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
The main purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the analysis of the kinematical effects of special relativity holds the key to answering the question of the dimensionality of the world. It is shown that these effects and the experiments which confirmed them would be impossible if the world were three-dimensional. Section 2 shows that relativity of simultaneity, conventionality of simultaneity, and the existence of accelerated observers in special relativity would be impossible if the world were three-dimensional. Section 3 deals with the dimensionality of physical objects and demonstrates that the relativistic length contraction and the twin paradox would be impossible if the physical bodies involved in these relativistic effects were three-dimensional objects.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Rolf Schock (1981). The Inconsistency of the Theory of Relativity. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 12 (2):285-296.
Laurent A. Beauregard (1976). The Sui Generis Conventionality of Simultaneity. Philosophy of Science 43 (4):469-490.
Geoffrey Joseph (1979). Geometry and Special Relativity. Philosophy of Science 46 (3):425-438.
Dennis Dieks (1984). The “Reality” of the Lorentz Contraction. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 15 (2):330-342.
Steven D. Hales & Timothy A. Johnson (2003). Endurantism, Perdurantism and Special Relativity. Philosophical Quarterly 53 (213):524–539.
Mariela Szirko, Why is Time Frame-Dependent in Relativity? Minkowski's Spacetime as a Kantian 'Condition of Possibility' for Relativistic Calculations.
Vesselin Petkov (1989). Simultaneity, Conventionality and Existence. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (1):69-76.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads31 ( #59,316 of 1,099,910 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #303,846 of 1,099,910 )
How can I increase my downloads?