In a critique of idealism, it would be somewhat incongruous if one were seen to be tracing 'threads' or philosophical themes through history, as each historical culture has its own particular configuration; but an academic sojourn at Olympia, the meeting-place of Ancient Greece, prompts reflection on the elements of cultural continuity between some parts of that earlier world and that of Western culture today. In both, we find similar forms of idealism; we can also identify material and social conditions which, though unalike in many ways, are in some respects comparable.
It is shown that the theoretical resolution of the usually undestood 'clock-paradox' leads to a physical paradox, namely that a bona-fide absolute effect emerges as a consequence of a uniform motion which is supposedly of a purely relative nature. The resolution of this second paradox, due to G. Builder, leads to a physically-intelligible interpretation of Special Relativity which completely vindicates Einstein's theory and its remarkable implications. The Builder approach shows that Special Relativity, its principles and results, are a necessary and unique consequence of the existence of an absolute intertial system, such as the cosmologically based fundamental reference frame recently disclosed by astronomical observations.
- "Does Neo-Lorentzian Relativity Exist?", pp. 467-468
- "Additional Comments on Lorentzian Theory," pp. 470-472
- Prokhovnik: Reply to Clube's further comments, pp. 472-473
- Second reply to Prokhovnik, pp. 473-474
- Reply to Editor, pp. 480-481