Papers on Time and Tense by Arthur N. PriorPapers on Time and Tense by Arthur N. Prior

Papers on Time and Tense

byArthur N. PriorEditorPer Hasle, Peter Ohrstrom

Paperback | February 1, 2003

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This is a new edition, revised and expanded, of a seminal work in the logic and philosophy of time, originally published in 1968. Arthur N. Prior (1914-1969) was the founding father of temporal logic. His work has attracted increased attention in the decades since his death: its influencestretches beyond philosophy and logic to computer science and formal linguistics. Prior's fundamental ideas about the logic of time are presented here along with his investigations into the formal properties of time and tense. Already in 1969 Prior had been planning a new edition of Papers on Time and Tense, to incorporate his more recent work. Because of his untimely death this plan was never followed through--till now. Seven important papers have been added to the original selection, as well as a comprehensivebibliography of his work and an illuminating interview with his widow, Mary Prior, about his life and work. In addition, the Polish logic which made the original book difficult for many readers has been replaced by standard logical notation. This new edition will secure the classic status of thebook.
Per Hasle and Peter Ohrstrom are both in the Department of Business Communication and Information Science, University of Southern Denmark. Torben Brauner is in the Department of Computer Science, Roskilde University. Jack Copeland is in the Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury.
Title:Papers on Time and TenseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:342 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:February 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199256071

ISBN - 13:9780199256075

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Table of Contents

Editor's IntroductionPrior's Preface to the Second Edition1. Changes in Events and Changes in Things2. Fugitive Truth3. On Spurious Egocentricity4. The Formalities of Omniscience5. Contemplation and Action6. The Consequences of Actions7. Limited Indeterminism8. Identifiable Individuals9. Time, Existence and Identity10. Recent Advances in Tense Logic11. Tense Logic and the Logic of Earlier and Later12. The Logic of Ending Time13. Stratified Metric Tense Logic14. 'Now'15. Tensed Propositions as Predicates16. Quasi-Propositions and Quasi Individuals17. Egocentric Logic18. Worlds, Times and Selves19. Tense-Logic for Non-Permanent Existents20. Modal Logic and the Logic of ApplicabilityAppendices1. Life and Work of Arthur N. Prior: 'An Interview with Mary Prior'2. Bibliography of A. N. Prior's Writings