A relatividade da simultaneidade e suas possíveis conseqüências filosóficas

Elton Martins Marques


In this paper, I discuss an argument inspired by the relativity of simultaneity (RoS). That argument purports to establish views such as four-dimensionalism, eternalism and, chiefly, determinism. I will present the most important versions of the argument and point out the differences between them — including Gödel’s version and the idealistic view of time that naturally goes with it. Gödel’s version differs from the others in that he doesn’t endorse determinism. The argument depends crucially on how one interprets Special Relativity (SR). In addition, defenders of the argument make certain semantic and epistemic claims, which lead to an alleged incompatibility between indeterminism and our best theory of time. At the end, I will describe the main reactions to the argument and I will make some general remarks on each of them.


Determinism; relativity of simultaneity; Andromeda paradox; eternalism

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1808-1711.2017v21n3p391

Copyright (c) 2018 Elton Martins Marques


Principia: an internationnal journal of epistemology
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