Time, Change and Freedom: An Introduction to Metaphysics

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This is the first introduction to metaphysics which is tied together by the idea of time. Time, Change and Freedom explores ideas such as whether there was a beginning of time and the possibility of an infinite past and an eternal future. It looks at what happens when things change, and what affect that has on us and our personal identity. The book also asks if we can be free and what is the relationship of human freedom to various theories of divine foreknowledge and determinism? The final part of the book ...

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Overview

This is the first introduction to metaphysics which is tied together by the idea of time. Time, Change and Freedom explores ideas such as whether there was a beginning of time and the possibility of an infinite past and an eternal future. It looks at what happens when things change, and what affect that has on us and our personal identity. The book also asks if we can be free and what is the relationship of human freedom to various theories of divine foreknowledge and determinism? The final part of the book brings students right up to date with theories of relativity and contemporary cosmology about time and the universe. Sections in Time, Change and Freedom cover: The Problem of Change God, Time and Freedom Relational and Substantival Theories of Time Tenseless Time Written in an engaging dialogue form, this book will explain the key themes of contemporary metaphysics, and at the same time the philosophy of time, to the beginner. It will be invaluable for all students on introductory philosophy courses, and for students interested in the philosophy of time and metaphysics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415102490
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/16/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (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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