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Time and the Metaphysics of Relativity (Philosophical Studies Series) 2001st Edition

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"In this book, Craig draws some important strands together regarding the concept of God and relativity theory. … In his excellent, integrative work, Craig has superbly brought together a tensed (A-) theory of time, divine temporality, and neo-Lorentzian relativity." (Paul Copan, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. LVI (223), 2003)

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William Lane Craig (PhD, University of Birmingham, England) is research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and lives in Marietta, GA.
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Product Details

  • Series: Philosophical Studies Series (Book 84)
  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2001 edition (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792366689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792366683
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,164,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pricilla L. Martinez on November 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a brilliant work reconciling Special Relativity with God and Time. He shows three interpretations of the theory, first Einstein's original which is a 3+1 Ontology (3-Dimensions and 1 of time) which though combinable with an A-series of time nevertheless is a Relative Interpretation due to relative reference frames so is called the Relativity Interpretation. The second view was held by both Einstein and Minkowski (Einstein abandoning his original interpretation). This holds to a 4-Dimensional ontology time being connected to space thus known as the Spacetime interpretation which holds to a B-series of time. Then the final interpretation of Lorentz which is a 3+1 Ontology, holding to an A-series of time but with a fundamental and priviledged frame so that absolute time is upheld. He gives reasons as to why he considers the last superior philosophically, theologically and even scientifically giving a Neo-Lorentzian view.Read more ›
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This book thoroughly looks at relativity theory and examines the metaphysics that it rests upon. Craig examines the topic in a way that calls into question the legion of misunderstandings about relativity theory that most implicitly assume. He argues plausibly that a Minkowskian 4-D model is not the only model that can account for the empirical data, but that a neo-Lorentzian 3-D model can do so as well. This is of deep import, since it demonstrates that the notion of absolute time is just as consistent with the data as is relativistic time. Craig discusses the historical dismissal of absolute time within its contemporary philosophical context. Strikingly, the notion of absolute time was abandoned not in virtue of any serious logical or empirical necessity (as is commonly thought), but was disregarded simply due to the prominence of the verificationism of the era which itself has long been abandoned. Craig does a good job of making key conceptual distinctions between different senses of the words "absolute" and "relative" and shows that the confusion of these different senses of the words lead to the common errors so evident in popularist understandings of the subject. To conclude, this is a worthy academic text that should be read by philosophers, physicists, and even theologians. This is a good example of philosophy doing its work to deepen the understanding via rational method. Highly recommended.
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William Lane Craig has made a great volume. It is a philosophically informed treatise on relativity and the ontology of time. He is fair and presenting and critiquing different interpretations of relativity , even if you disagree with his conclusion. A must read for any interested in philosophy of physics.
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$200 price tag for a book making scientific claims by someone who doesn't understand the basics of science. I recommend trying to watch him debate before wasting your money on something like this.
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