Philosophical Problems of Space and Time

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Philosophical Problems of Space and Time
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Author Adolf Grünbaum
Country United States
Language English
Subject Space and time
Published 1963 (first edition)
1973 (second edition)
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 884 (second edition)
ISBN 978-9027703583

Philosophical Problems of Space and Time is a 1963 book about the nature of space and time by the philosopher Adolf Grünbaum. It is recognized as a major work in the philosophy of the natural sciences.

Summary[edit]

Grünbaum argues that physical geometry and chronometry are in part matters of convention because continuous physical space and time are metrically amorphous,[1] he criticizes the views of a number of other philosophers, including Ernest Nagel and Jacques Maritain, arguing that the former misinterprets the philosopher of science Henri Poincaré and that in The Degrees of Knowledge (1932) the latter presents an unsound and incorrect interpretation of the nature of geometry.[2]

Reception[edit]

Philosophical Problems of Space and Time was "promptly recognized to be one of the few major works in the philosophy of the natural sciences of this generation" upon its publication in 1963, according to Robert S. Cohen and Marx W. Wartofsky.[3]

The philosopher Philip L. Quinn, writing in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (1995), called Grünbaum's thesis about physical geometry and chronometry "striking".[1]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Quinn 2005. p. 355.
  2. ^ Grünbaum 1974. pp. 91, 148-150.
  3. ^ Cohen 1974. p. xiii.

Bibliography[edit]

Books
  • Cohen, Robert S.; Wartofsky, Marx W. (1974). Philosophical Problems of Space and Time. Boston: D. Reidel Publishing Company. ISBN 90 277 0358 2. 
  • Grünbaum, Adolf (1974). Philosophical Problems of Space and Time. Boston: D. Reidel Publishing Company. ISBN 90 277 0358 2. 
  • Quinn, Philip L. (2005). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1.