You are at King’s Cross and you are in a rush to reach the 18:45 train taking you to Cambridge from Platform 1. You hear the speaker saying the following after the particular announcement of your train:
Mind the gap between the train and the platform.Anonymous voice
For the next couple minutes this is going to be a special gap in your life, one that you will instantly ignore after boarding has been completed. But aren’t you interested to know a bit more about this gap? And while you are at it, how about knowing more about all the other gaps that surround and inhabit you?
Consider the particular gap between your train and the nearby platform. You are constantly warned about gaps in real life, here you get a philosophical warning to mind the gaps between objects.
That particular (platform] [train) gap belongs neither to the train, nor to the platform, exclusively, but can it belong to the (train1, platform1) pair somehow? Do 2 pedigree objects exhaust this gap, cover its whole lifecycle?
The train will be a different train soon, the particular platform stays the same, will the same gap reincarnate between the new (train2, platform1) pair? If yes, platform1 is more decisive to this gap staying the same, than train2 to a new potential gap to be born?
What are gaps conceptually? Can they be handled as special holes? Holes have a small but definite literature within contemporary philosophy, but gaps do not. There’s a considerable gap or hole in our philosophical knowledge about gaps. Or can gaps be handled as spaces? Now that leads to a much bigger terrain.
Our investigation will start here after a temporal gap.