Temporal Parts and Spatio-Temporal Analogies

  • Meiland J
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To what extent is time similar to space? in this paper it is shown that the claim, made by richard taylor among others, that time and space are "radically alike" is unfounded. this claim can be supported only by employing the notion of temporal parts. it is shown that if objects are regarded as having temporal parts as well as spatial parts, then serious disanalogies exist between time and space. furthermore, if objects are said to have temporal parts, then it must also be held that time is in a very important sense "prior" to space and this that time and space are not only unlike in certain respects but indeed are radically dissimilar. moreover, the so-called "manifold theory of time" necessarily makes use of the notion of temporal parts and therefore should hold that time and space are quite unlike. but since an important part of the manifold theory of time is the claim that time and space are very much alike, this thoery is to that extent not satisfactory.




Meiland, J. W. (1966). Temporal Parts and Spatio-Temporal Analogies. American Philosophical Quarterly, 3 64-70.

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