La structure du temps est-elle indécidable? Sous-détermination et structure du temps chez Newton-Smith

Dialogue 53 (4):623-649 (2014)
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In his book, The Structure of Time, William H. Newton-Smith claims that we cannot decide whether the structure of time is continuous or merely dense. I discuss here the extent to which he is correct. I argue that he fails to provide strong enough arguments to defend his claim, but I then suggest how he might overcome this issue. I also argue that we must reconsider the consequences that he draws from his “undecidability result”.

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Vincent Ardourel
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