Questions of Time and Tense

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Robin Le Poidevin
Clarendon Press, 1998 - Philosophy - 293 pages
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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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Contents

The Past Present and Future of the Debate about Tense
13
Tense and Persistence
43
Seeing the Present
61
Tense and Emotion
77
Real Times and Possible Worlds
93
Time as Spacetime
119
Absolute Simultaneity and the Infinity of Time
135
Freedom and the New Theory of Time
185
Morality the Unborn and the Open Future
207
A Watershed
221
Time and Trinity
251
Tense and Egocentricity in Fiction
265
Bibliography
285
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About the author (1998)

Robin Le Poidevin is Professor of Metaphysics at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Questions of Time and Tense and coauthor of The Philosophy of Time.

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