PHIL 338

Space and Time

Knowledge about space and time has been uniquely influential in epistemology, from ancient times to the present. And metaphysical reasoning about space and time has contributed significantly to physics and cosmology. This course portrays the interaction of philosophy, mathematics, and physics as conceptions of space and time developed historically. It extends that interaction to contemporary discussion of such topics as curved space, relationalism vs. substantivalism, conventionalism, whether space and time are unified, whether time-travel is possible, and whether the now has any special status in the expanse or passage of time. It fosters an interdisciplinary engagement by studying works from three disciplines and by inviting students of each of them to learn from one another.

Prerequisites: PHIL 219 or PHYS 122 or MATH 232.