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Single Idea 12839

[catalogued under 7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 4. Events / b. Events as primitive]

Full Idea

A closer examination of the concepts and principles of relativity shows that they rest squarely on an ontology of things and events (not on convenient 'space-time diagrams'). Acceleration concerns non-zero mass, but only continuants can have a mass.

Gist of Idea

Relativity has an ontology of things and events, not on space-time diagrams


Peter Simons (Parts [1987], 3.4)

Book Reference

Simons,Peter: 'Parts: a Study in Ontology' [OUP 1987], p.127

A Reaction

The point here is that fans of four-dimensionalism like to claim that they are more in touch with modern physics, because 'time is just another dimension, like space, so objects are spread across it'. Simons sounds right about this.