David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of Science 66 (2):208-220 (1999)
David Malament's (1977) well-known result, which is often taken to show the uniqueness of the Poincare-Einstein convention for defining simultaneity, involves an unwarranted physical assumption: that any simultaneity relation must remain invariant under temporal reflections. Once that assumption is removed, his other criteria for defining simultaneity are also satisfied by membership in the same backward (forward) null cone of the family of such cones with vertices on an inertial path. What is then unique about the Poincare-Einstein convention is that it is independent of the choice of inertial path in a given inertial frame, confirming a remark in Einstein 1905. Similarly, what is unique about the backward (forward) null cone definition is that it is independent of the state of motion of an observer at a point on the inertial path.
|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
Simon Saunders (2002). How Relativity Contradicts Presentism. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 50:277-.
Jonathan Bain (2000). The Coordinate-Independent 2-Component Spinor Formalism and the Conventionality of Simultaneity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 31 (2):201-226.
Allen I. Janis (2007). Simultaneity, Relativity and Conventionality. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 39 (1):217-224.
Allen I. Janis (2008). Simultaneity, Relativity and Conventionality. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 39 (1):217-224.
Jonathan Bain (2000). The Coordinate-Independent 2-Component Spinor Formalism and the Conventionality of Simultaneity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 31 (2):201-226.
Similar books and articles
Allen Janis, Conventionality of Simultaneity. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Adolf Grünbaum (2010). David Malament and the Conventionality of Simultaneity: A Reply. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 40 (9-10):1285-1297.
Robert Rynasiewicz (2001). Definition, Convention, and Simultaneity: Malament's Result and its Alleged Refutation by Sarkar and Stachel. Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association 2001 (3):S345-.
Douglas M. Snyder (1994). On the Arbitrary Choice Regarding Which Inertial Reference Frame is "Stationary" and Which is "Moving" in the Special Theory of Relativity. Philosophical Explorations.
Frank Jackson & Robert Pargetter (1977). Relative Simultaneity in the Special Relativity. Philosophy of Science 44 (3):464-474.
Bas C. Van Fraassen (1969). Conventionality in the Axiomatic Foundations of the Special Theory of Relativity. Philosophy of Science 36 (1):64 - 73.
Laurent A. Beauregard (1976). The Sui Generis Conventionality of Simultaneity. Philosophy of Science 43 (4):469-490.
Hanoch Ben-Yami (2006). Causality and Temporal Order in Special Relativity. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 57 (3):459-479.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads36 ( #98,111 of 1,777,936 )
Recent downloads (6 months)10 ( #73,656 of 1,777,936 )
How can I increase my downloads?