Relativity and the Moving Spotlight

Journal of Philosophy 106 (12):666-678 (2009)

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Bradford Skow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abstract
A standard objection to the moving spotlight theory of time is that it is incompatible with special relativity. I show how to formulate the moving spotlight theory so that it is perfectly compatible with special relativity. There is no need to re-interpret the physics or add to it a notion of absolute simultaneity.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 0022-362X
DOI 10.5840/jphil20091061224
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