The Arguments of Time

Paperback | December 31, 2005

EditorJeremy Butterfield

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These nine essays, commissioned on the initiative of the Philosophy section of the British Academy, address fundamental questions about time in philosophy, physics, linguistics, and psychology. Are there facts about the future? Could we affect the past? In physics, general relativity andquantum theory give contradictory treatments of time. So in the current search for a theory of quantum gravity, which should give way: general relativity or quantum theory? In linguistics and psychology, how does our language represent time, and how do our minds keep track of it?

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These nine essays, commissioned on the initiative of the Philosophy section of the British Academy, address fundamental questions about time in philosophy, physics, linguistics, and psychology. Are there facts about the future? Could we affect the past? In physics, general relativity andquantum theory give contradictory treatments of t...

Jeremy Butterfield is at Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.57 inPublished:December 31, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

John Lucas: A Century of TimeMichael Tooley: The Metaphysics of TimeGregory Currie: Can There be a Literary Philosophy of Time?Roberto Torretti: On Relativity, Time Reckoning and the Topology of Time SeriesJulian Barbour: The Development of Machian Themes in the Twentieth CenturyJeremy Butterfield and Chris Isham: On the Emergence of Time in Quantum GravityKarel Kuchar: The Problem of Time in Quantum GeometrodynamicsJames Higginbotham: Tense, Indexicality and ConsequenceMichel Treisman: The Perception of Time: Philosophical Views and Psychological Evidence

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`. . . original and outstanding in quality . . . a significant contnribution to the philosophy of time. Of the recent anthologies in philosophy of time, this one is by far my favorite.'Philosophy of Science