The Size of Things

An Essay on Space and Time

The book serves a twofold purpose. Firstly, it provides an introduction to classic and modern themes of the philosophy of space and time. Secondly, it presents a novel theoretical perspective on the field as the author develops his own position. Taking as a point of departure the seemingly naïve question How big is a thing?, Wyller argues that the particular size of spatially extended objects can neither be an intrinsic property of objects nor a relation between physical objects. Similar to the particular duration of events, the size of spatially extended objects is accessible only to embodied subjects. Consequently, determinate extension in space and time is essentially indexical, inconceivable in a world without human beings. The book requires no prior academic knowledge of philosophy or science, as all crucial concepts of relativistic physics, phenomenology and transcendental philosophy are carefully introduced and explained.

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Pages: 9–13
Pages: 14–24
What is relative?
Pages: 25–37
Where is it?
Pages: 73–86
Perception and action
Pages: 100–113
Transcendental idealism
Pages: 127–135
Time and space
Pages: 136–148
How big? How fast?
Transcendental reflections on space, time and world models
Pages: 153–168
The caveman
Transcendental reflections on spatial size and world models
Pages: 169–181
Name Index
Pages: 183–184
Subject Index
Pages: 185–186
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