The New Theory Of Time

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This book offers the latest turns in the debate over the new theory of time, with essays written by many of the most prominent contemporary thinkers in the philosophy of time. The Preface and the General Introduction to the book set the debate within the wider philosophical context and show why the subject of temporal becoming is a perennial concern of science, religion, language, logic, and the philosophy of mind.
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Overview

This book offers the latest turns in the debate over the new theory of time, with essays written by many of the most prominent contemporary thinkers in the philosophy of time. The Preface and the General Introduction to the book set the debate within the wider philosophical context and show why the subject of temporal becoming is a perennial concern of science, religion, language, logic, and the philosophy of mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300057966
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/1994
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
General Introduction: The Implications of the Tensed and Tenseless Theories of Time 1
Pt. I Time and Tensed Sentences
Introduction: The Old and New Tenseless Theories of Time 17
1 The Need for Tense 23
2 Problems with the New Tenseless Theory of Time 38
3 A Defense of the New Tenseless Theory of Time 57
4 The Truth Conditions of Tensed Sentences 69
5 The New Tenseless Theory of Time: A Reply to Smith 77
6 Smart and Mellor's New Tenseless Theory of Time: A Reply to Oaklander 83
7 Temporal Indexicals and the Passage of Time 87
8 The Co-reporting Theory of Tensed and Tenseless Sentences 94
9 The Date Analysis of Tensed Sentences 104
10 Williams's Defense of the New Tenseless Theory of Time 111
11 Demonstratives 115
12 Temporal Indexicals 136
Pt. II McTaggart's Paradox and the Passage of Time
Introduction: McTaggart's Paradox and the Tensed Theory of Time 157
13 The Unreality of Tense 163
14 Mellor and McTaggart's Paradox 176
15 The Infinite Regress of Temporal Attributions 180
16 McTaggart's Paradox and the Infinite Regress of Temporal Attributions: A Reply to Smith 195
17 The Logical Structure of the Debate about McTaggart's Paradox 202
18 McTaggart's Paradox Revisited 211
19 Temporal Becoming 214
20 McTaggart, Schlesinger, and the Two-Dimensional Time Hypothesis 221
21 How to Navigate the River of Time 229
22 A Reply to Schlesinger 232
23 Temporal Becoming Minus the Moving Now 234
24 Zeilicovici on Temporal Becoming 252
25 The Stream of Time 257
Pt. III Time and Experience
Introduction: The Problem of Our Experience of Time 289
26 "Thank Goodness That's Over" 293
27 Mellor's Emeritus Headache 305
28 MacBeath's Soluble Aspirin 312
29 "Thank Goodness That's Over" Revisited 316
30 Not Over Yet: Prior's "Thank Goodness" Argument 322
31 Thank Goodness It's Over 325
32 Passage and the Presence of Experience 328
33 On the Experience of Tenseless Time 344
34 The Phenomenology of A-Time 351
35 The Phenomenology of B-Time 360
Acknowledgments 373
Name Index 377
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