Zeno’s paradoxes: is motion impossible?
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Zeno’s paradoxes: is motion impossible? book
The concept of space was born in paradox and seemed to have the flimsiest claim to existence. Although nothing but mere empty extendedness, it helped make motion and change understandable. One has now seen that this ancient debate was preparation for the grander controversies over Newton and Einstein's concepts of space. In special relativity, one saw that the defence of absolute space in Lorentz's minority interpretation was not ruled out by experiment. Furthermore, it provided attractive explanations where the mainstream provided none. The theme connecting the chapters in has been the centrality of real relations. In Leibniz, one has the last great metaphysician who saw the depth and intractability of these problems, and likewise banished relations from his system. In people saw that the mainstream interpretation of special relativity turned the basic properties of distance and duration into relations. Modern critics of spatial relations retreated to the claim that there were somehow only concrete relations.