The Arguments of Time

The Arguments of Time

by Jeremy Butterfield
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Oxford University Press, USA

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The Arguments of Time

These nine essays, commissioned on the initiative of the Philosophy section of the British Academy, address fundamental questions about time in philosophy, physics, linguistics, and psychology. Are there facts about the future? Could we affect the past? In physics, general relativity and quantum theory give contradictory treatments of time. So in the current search for a theory of quantum gravity, which should give way: general relativity or quantum theory? In linguistics and psychology, how does our language represent time, and how do our minds keep track of it?
Contributors include John Lucas, Michael Tooley, Gregory Currie, Roberto Torretti, Julian Barbour, Jeremy Butterfield, Chris Isham, Karel Kuchar, James Higginbotham, and Michel Treisman.

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ISBN-13: 9780197263464
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/27/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

A Century of Time, John Lucas
The Metaphysics of Time, Michael Tooley
Can There be a Literary Philosophy of Time?, Gregory Currie
On Relativity, Time Reckoning and the Topology of Time Series, Roberto Torretti
The Development of Machian Themes in the Twentieth Century, Julian Barbour
On the Emergence of Time in Quantum Gravity, Jeremy Butterfield and Chris Isham
The Problem of Time in Quantum Geometrodynamics, Karel Kuchar
Tense, Indexicality and Consequence, James Higginbotham
The Perception of Time: Philosophical Views and Psychological Evidence, Michel Treisman

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