Simultaneity, conventionality and existence

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (1):69-76 (1989)
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The present paper pursues two aims. First to show that the experiment proposed by Stolakis [1986] does not lead to absolute synchronization in a single frame of reference and therefore also to the measurement of one-way velocity of light. Second, by consecutively considering the problems of the conventionality of simultaneity and of existence to show that the simultaneity of distant events can be a matter of convention only in a four-dimensional world. * I am grateful to the anonymous referees for their useful suggestions on an earlier version of this paper.



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Vesselin Petkov
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