The Metaphysics of Time: A Dialogue

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - Philosophy - 155 pages
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Seventh in the New Dialogues in Philosophy series, this book discusses the concept of time and shows in the simplest ways how time informs discussions about causality, creation, physics, consciousness of time, and much more. Creating a series of conversations between two fictional characters, Bradley Dowden uses the characters to explore nine metaphysical issues involving time. Through the dialogue between his two protagonists, Dowden offers well-known arguments in the field of metaphysics for positions on such topics as the finite nature of time, absolute versus relational time, and Zeno's paradoxes of motion. The book draws on the theories of numerous philosophers, including Aristotle, Quine, Chrysippus, St. Augustine, Earman, Van Fraassen, Liebniz, and Hawking.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Fatalism Free Will and Foreknowledge
13
Mind the Metric and Conventionality
27
Time Travel and Backward Causation
47
Times Origin and Relationism vs Substantivalism
63
McTaggart Tensed Facts and Times Flow
83
Presentism the Block Universe and Perduring Objects
101
The Arrow of Time
119
Zenos Paradoxes and Supertasks
133
Glossary
149
About the Author
155
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About the author (2009)

Bradley Dowden is professor of philosophy at California State University, Sacramento. He has written one text in philosophy, Logical Reasoning (Thomson-Wadsworth), and is a general editor of the online Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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