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    On what we may infer from artistic and scientific representations of time

    Bourne, C. and Caddick Bourne, Emily (2012) On what we may infer from artistic and scientific representations of time. Writing Visual Culture 5 , ISSN 2049-7180.

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    Abstract

    We consider the extent to which artistic and scientific representations can give us knowledge of how things are or could be. Focusing on representations of time, we take two case studies: simultaneity and temporal order; time-travel to the past. We analyse relevant scientific representations – from Special Theory of Relativity and General Theory of Relativity – alongside relevant artistic representations – fictions which are non-committal about temporal order, and time-travel stories. In all the cases, we argue, drawing reliable conclusions from the representations requires an understanding of the metaphysics of their subject matter and of the nature of representation itself. If we attempt to work out what is represented from the representation alone, then, far from acquiring knowledge, we risk obscuring the representation’s subject matter.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 14:29
    Last Modified: 25 Nov 2014 14:29
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11116

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