Absolute and Relational Theories of Space and Motion

[Revised entry by Nick Huggett and Carl Hoefer on January 22, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Since antiquity, natural philosophers have struggled to comprehend the nature
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[Revised entry by Nick Huggett and Carl Hoefer on January 22, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Since antiquity, natural philosophers have struggled to comprehend the nature of three tightly interconnected concepts: space, time, and motion. A proper understanding of motion, in particular, has been seen to be crucial for deciding questions about the natures of space and time, and their interconnections. Since the time of Newton and Leibniz, philosophers' struggles to comprehend these concepts have often appeared to take the form of a dispute between...

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