Would Superluminal Influences Violate the Principle of Relativity?

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Lato Sensu, Revue de la Société de philosophie des sciences, ISSN: 2295-8029, Vol: 1, Issue: 1, Page: 49-62

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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12369; http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12841
10.20416/lsrsps.v1i1; 10.20416/lsrsps.v1i1.33
Peacock, Kent A.
Societe de Philosophie des Sciences; Société de philosophie des sciences
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It continues to be alleged that superluminal in uences of any sort would be inconsistent with special relativity for the following three reasons: (i) they would imply the existence of a ‘distinguished’ frame; (ii) they would allow the detection of absolute motion; and (iii) they would violate the relativity of simultaneity. This paper shows that the first two objections rest upon very elementary misunderstandings of Minkowski geometry and on lingering Newtonian intuitions about instantaneity. The third objection has a basis, but rather than invalidating the notion of faster-than-light influences it points the way to more general conceptions of simultaneity that could allow for quantum nonlocality in a natural way.