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Time, Change and Freedom: An Introduction to Metaphysics

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Overview

Time, Change and Freedom is the first introduction to metaphysics that uses the idea of time as a unifying principle. Time is used to relate the many issues involved in the complex study of metaphysics. Sections of the book are written in dialogue form which allows the reader to question the theories while they read and have those queries answered in the text. In addition, the authors provide glossaries of key terms as well as recommendations for further reading at the conclusion of each chapter. Quentin Smith and L. Nathan Oaklander examine the tensions between determinism and freedom, temporality and historical change as well as an array of other issues fundamental to introductory metaphysics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415102483
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/16/1995
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The finite and the infinite
Dialogue 1 The beginning of time 11
Dialogue 2 The infinity of past and future time 23
Dialogue 3 The relational and substantival theories of time 35
Dialogue 4 Eternity 45
Pt. II Time and identity
Dialogue 5 The problem of change 57
Dialogue 6 The passage of time 66
Dialogue 7 Personal identity 87
Dialogue 8 Personal identity and time 105
Pt. III The nature of freedom
Dialogue 9 Fatalism and tenseless time 117
Dialogue 10 God, time and freedom 130
Dialogue 11 Freedom, determinism and responsibility 145
Appendix. Physical time and the universe 161
Sect. A Physical time in Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity 165
Sect. B Physical time in current cosmologies 185
Index 215
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