Questions of Time and Tense
Robin Le Poidevin
Clarendon Press, 1998 - Philosophy - 293 pages
Questions of Time and Tense aims to develop and broaden a central debate in contemporary metaphysics. This debate focuses on questions about the nature of time: does time really pass? Or is our ordinary conception of time, as consisting of an ever-shifting past, present, and future, merely reflective of our perspective on the world? The editor gives an introductory guide to the debate, outlining the development of rival theories. Then an international line-up of authors contributes eleven essays, all but one specially written for this volume, which demonstrate that these questions are intimately connected with issues in other areas of philosophy.
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The Past Present and Future of the Debate about Tense
Tense and Persistence
Seeing the Present
Tense and Emotion
Real Times and Possible Worlds
Time as Spacetime
Absolute Simultaneity and the Infinity of Time
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