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Paperback | $30.00 Short | £20.95 | ISBN: 9780262550215 | 200 pp. | 6 x 9 in | April 1992

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World Enough and Space-Time

Absolute vs. Relational Theories of Space and Time


Earman introduces and clarifies the historical and philosophical development of the clash between Newton's absolute conception of space and Leibniz's relative one. He separates the issues and provides new perspectives on absolute versus rational accounts of motion and substantive versus rational accounts of the ontology of spacetime, revitalizing the connection of the debate to contemporary science.

John Earman is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.


"Earman has produced a comprehensive and very exciting study of many of the most important metaphysical issues in the theory of space and time. "
- Lawrence Sklar, University of Michigan

"This is a book about two related questions: Is motion absolute or relative? Is space a substance? . . If you are fond of a good discussion and have interest in the fundamental concepts of space, time, and motion, then this is a book for you."
- Classical and Quantum Gravity