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The Philosophy of Time : A Collection of Essays - R. Gale

The Philosophy of Time

A Collection of Essays

By: R. Gale (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1968
ISBN: 9780333000427
Number Of Pages: 514

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In what sense does time exist? Is it an objective feature of the external world? Or is its real nature dependent on the way man experiences it? Has modern science brought us closer to the answer to St. Augustine's exasperated outcry, 'What, then, is time?' ? Ever since Aristotle, thinkers have been struggling with this most confounding and elusive of philosophical questions. How long does the present moment last? Can we make statements about the future that are clearly true or clearly false? And if so, must we be fatalists? This volume presents twenty-three discussions of the problem of time. A section on classical and modern attempts at definition is followed by four groups of essays drawn largely from contemporary philosophy, each preface with an introduction by the editor. First, in a chapter entitled 'The Static versus the Dynamic Temporal', four philosophers advance solutions to McTaggart's famous proof of time's unreality. In the next two sections, the discussion turns to the meaning of the 'open future' and to the much-debated nature of 'human time'. Finally, modern science and philosophy tackle Zeno's celebrated paradoxes. The essays by Adolf Gr�nbaum, Nicholas Rescher, and William Barrett are published for the first time in this volume.

Preface "WHAT, THEN, IS TIME?" Introduction Time; Aristotle Time and Eternity; Plotinus Some Questions about Time; St. Augustine Analytic-Synthetic; Friedrich Waismann THE STATIC VERSUS THE DYNAMIC TEMPORAL Introduction Time; J.M.E. McTaggart The Myth of Passage; Donald C. Williams Ostensible Temporality; C.D. Broad Time: A Treatment of Some Puzzles; J.N. Findlay Spatialising Time; J.J.C. Smart THE OPEN FUTURE Introduction On Interpretation; Aristotle Truth and Necessity in Temporal Perspective; Nicholas Rescher Fatalism; Richard Taylor Must the Future Be What It Is Going To Be?; R.D. Bradley Bringing About the Past; Michael Dummett The Open Future; Bernard Mayo HUMAN TIME Introduction Our Direct Experience of Time; J.D. Mabbott The Status of Temporal Becoming; Adolf Grunbaum The Flow of Time; William Barrett An American Indian Model of the Universe; Benjamin L. Whorf ZENO'S PARADOXES OF MOTION Introduction Form and Becoming; Henri Bergson Tasks and Super-tasks; J.F. Thomson Modern Science and Zeno's Paradoxes of Motion; Adolf Grunbaum Bibliography

ISBN: 9780333000427
ISBN-10: 0333000420
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 514
Published: 1st January 1968
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 2