Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A welcome development ...

... Edward Feser: Maudlin on the philosophy of cosmology. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The claim that physics has shown that change is illusory is in any event seriously problematic. As Karl Popper noted, Einstein, as interpreted by Minkowski, recapitulates Parmenides. (See the essay “Beyond the Search for Invariants” in Popper’s book The World of Parmenides.) And that means that relativity, if interpreted as entailing the illusoriness of all change, would inherit all the problems with Parmenides’ position.

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