PHI 4542

Philosophy of Space and Time

Credits: 3; Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.

Studies the nature of space and time: the concepts of substantival space and time (or space-time), relational space and time (or space-time), dynamical space-time, conventional space-time metrics, causal reduction of time, time's arrow, dimensionality of space (or space-time). The approach, historical or issue-oriented, and the required amount of knowledge of physics varies with the instructor.