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Space-time, philosophy: space time is a three-dimensional space with time as a fourth dimension. The fact that time is interpreted as a dimension distinguishes the space-time from multi-dimensional mathematical spaces, in which time plays no role and which are therefore structured differently. In particular, the space-time has no measure which can equally be used for spatial distances as well as for time measurements. See also relativity theory, four-dimensionalism, world lines.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

Author Item Summary Meta data
I 70
Space time points/space time/Field: have complete causal action capability. Then one can even do without electrons. - Instead: mass, charge, etc. of the electron as properties of the space time regions.
I 72
Space time should be given priority to the field, if there are several fields.
III 31
Spacetime points/Field: are not abstract but empirical.
III 47 f
Space-Time/Field: differs from space not only in that it is 4-dimensional, but also in the fact that it has no full Euclidean structure. - And it also has an extra structure that is not present in the 4-dimensional Euclidean space. - Spatial distance cannot be objectively compared with time, although one could arbitrarily define a comparison. - (e.g. with uniform movement).
III 52
((s) Space time/space-time/(s): Non-Euclidean, since no common measure for lengths and durations - different: R4 (four-dimensional space) - here there is a common measure in all dimensions.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Field I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Field II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

Field III
H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980

Field IV
Hartry Field
"Realism and Relativism", The Journal of Philosophy, 76 (1982), pp. 553-67
Theories of Truth, Paul Horwich, Aldershot 1994

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