The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time

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Overview

As the study of time has flourished in the physical and human sciences, the philosophy of time has come into its own as a lively and diverse area of academic research. Philosophers investigate not just the metaphysics of time, and our experience and representation of time, but the role of time in ethics and action, and philosophical issues in the sciences of time, especially with regard to quantum mechanics and relativity theory. This Handbook presents twenty-three specially written essays by leading figures in their fields: it is the first comprehensive collaborative study of the philosophy of time, and will set the agenda for future work.

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"Let me cut to the chase: this is a very good book."--Jonathan Tallant, Philosophy in Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199298204
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2011
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Callender is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale (2001), Time, Reality and Experience (2002) and Introducing Time (2010).

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Craig Callender
I: TIME AND METAPHYSICS
1. Persistence, Yuri Balashov
2. Fatalism and the Future, Craig Bourne
3. Time and Chance Propensities, Carl Hoefer
4. Tense and Modality, Ulrich Meyer
5. Presentism, M. Joshua Mozersky
6. The Possibility of Discrete Time, Jean Paul Van Bendegem
7. Presentism and the Space-Time Manifold, Dean Zimmerman
II: THE DIRECTION OF TIME
8. The Asymmetry of Influence, Douglas Kutach
9. The Flow of Time, Huw Price
10. Time in Thermodynamics, Jill North
III: TIME, ETHICS, AND EXPERIENCE
11. Prospects for Temporal Neutrality, David O. Brink
12. Time, Passage, and Immediate Experience, Barry Dainton
13. Time in Action, Shaun Gallagher
14. Time in Cognitive Development, Christoph Hoerl and Teresa McCormack
15. Temporal Experience, Jenann Ismael
IV: TIME IN CLASSICAL AND RELATIVISTIC PHYSICS
16. Sharpening the Electromagnetic Arrow(s) of Time, John Earman
17. Time, Topology, and the Twin Paradox, Jean-Pierre Luminet
18. Time in the Special Theory of Relativity, Steven Savitt
19. Time in Classical Dynamics, Lawrence Sklar
20. Time Travel and Time Machines, Chris Smeenk and Christian Wuthrich
V: TIME IN A QUANTUM WORLD
21. The CPT Theorem, Frank Arntzenius
22. Time in Quantum Mechanics, Jan Hilgevoord and David Atkinson
23. Time in Quantum Gravity, Claus Kiefer
Index

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