Questions of Time and Tense

Paperback | February 1, 2002

EditorRobin Le Poidevin

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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? That is, do events become present and then recede into the past? Or is our ordinary conception of time, asconsisting 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 contribute eleven essays, all but one specially written for this volume, which demonstrate that these questions are intimately connected with issues in otherareas of philosophy. The discussion moves through metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, ethics, and aesthetics.

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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? That is, do events become present and then recede into the past? Or is our ordinary conception of time, asconsisting of an ever-shifting past, present...

Robin Le Poidevin is Professor of Metaphysics at the University of Leeds. he is the author of Change, Cause, and Contradiction (1991) and Arguing for Atheism (1996), and co-editor of the volume on The Philosophy of Time in the Oxford Readings in Philosophy series (1993).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199250464

ISBN - 13:9780199250462

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Table of Contents

Robin Le Poidevin: Introduction1. Robin Le Poidevin: The Past, Present, and Future of the Debate about Tense2. E. J. Lowe: Tense and Persistence3. Jeremy Butterfield: Seeing the Present4. David Cockburn: Tense and Emotion5. Heather Dyke: Real Times and Possible Worlds6. Graham Nerlich: Time as Spacetime7. Quentin Smith: Absolute Simultaneity and the Infinity of Time8. L. Nathan Oaklander: Freedom and the New Theory of Time9. Piers Benn: Morality, the Unborn, and the Open Future10. William Lane Craig: The Tensed vs. Tenseless Theory of Time: A Watershed for the Conception of Divine Eternity11. Paul Helm: Time and Trinity12. Gregory Currie: Tense and Egocentricity in FictionNotes on the ContributorsBibliographyIndex

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`Review from previous edition a remarkable collection of essays on the contemporary metaphysical debate concerning the status of our commonsense understanding of time as divided into past, present and future ... a well-produced volume'L B McHenry Choice