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How to combine and not to combine physics and metaphysics

In Dennis Dieks & Vassili Karakostas (eds.), Proceedings of the EPSA 2011 (2012)

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  1. Eternity and Time in Science: What Role Do Theories of Relativity Play in the Formation of a Coherent Model of Eternity.F. Lawson - unknown
    Historically models of eternity have been grounded in divine attributes rather than the intrinsic structure of space-time. I examine the topology of Minkowski spacetime in comparison to the Euclidean space of Newtonian Mechanics, before highlighting five common approaches to eternity. Both atemporal and temporal models of eternity are examined to establish what they tell us about the nature of eternity outside the divine attributes, before being evaluated for their coherence with the Special Theory of Relativity. I argue that the most (...)
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