This book deals with the history of a central problem in the philosophy of time: Can time exist without mind or consciousness, and if not, in what respects? Aristotle was the first to formulate this problem, and it has been intensively discussed ever since. This book analyses the answers and arguments and sets them in their historical context. Although there have been very different approaches, the book shows important continuities as well. Besides being a specialist monograph, it can be used in courses on the philosophy of time in general, or on the realism/idealism debate.
About the Author
J.J.A. Mooij, M.Sc. in Mathematics (Utrecht), Ph.D. in Philosophy (University of Amsterdam, 1966). Professor of Analytical Philosophy (1970-1976) and of Comparative Literature (1976-1991) in the University of Groningen. Main publications: La philosophie des mathématiques de Henri Poincaré (1966), A Study of Metaphor (1976), Fictional Realities. The Uses of Literary Imagination (1993).
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Introduction: How old is time?2. How it started: From Pherecydes to Plato3. Aristotle: Measurable duration and instant4. Atomists, holists, moralists: the Epicureans and the Stoics5. The two times of Neoplatonism6. Saint Augustine: two times and two creations7. Retrospect and progress8. Utrum tempus possit esse sine anima: Debates around 13009. Intermezzo: The arrival of the clock10. From Renaissance to Baroque11. Duration and absolute time: Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Newton12. The century of Leibniz, Berkeley and Kant13. Idealists versus realists14. In search of authentic time: Bergson and the phenomenologists15. The view from physics: the empiricists16. Toward the presentEpilogueBibliographyIndex