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The Metaphysics of Time

A Dialogue

Bradley Dowden

Seventh in the New Dialogues in Philosophy series, this book discusses the concept of time and shows in the simplest ways how time informs discussions about causality, creation, physics, consciousness of time, and much more. Creating a series of conversations between two fictional characters, Bradley Dowden uses the characters to explore nine metaphysical issues involving time. Through the dialogue between his two protagonists, Dowden offers well-known arguments in the field of metaphysics for positions on such topics as the finite nature of time, absolute versus relational time, and Zeno's paradoxes of motion. The book draws on the theories of numerous philosophers, including Aristotle, Quine, Chrysippus, St. Augustine, Earman, Van Fraassen, Liebniz, and Hawking. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 150Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7425-6030-7 • Hardback • October 2009 • $68.00 • (£47.95)
978-0-7425-6031-4 • Paperback • October 2009 • $26.00 • (£17.95)
978-1-4422-0059-3 • eBook • October 2009 • $25.99 • (£17.95)
Bradley Dowden is professor of philosophy at California State University, Sacramento. He has written one text in philosophy, Logical Reasoning (Thomson-Wadsworth), and is a general editor of the online Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
1 Table of Contents
Chapter 2 1. Introduction
Chapter 3 2. Fatalism, Free Will, and Foreknowledge
Chapter 4 3. Mind, the Metric, and Conventionality
Chapter 5 4. Time Travel and Backward Causation
Chapter 6 5. Time's Origin, and Relationism vs. Substantivalism
Chapter 7 6. McTaggart, Tensed Facts, and Time's Flow
Chapter 8 7. Presentism, the Block Universe, and Perduring Objects
Chapter 9 8. The Arrow of Time
Chapter 10 9. Zeno's Paradoxes and Supertasks
Chapter 11 10. Glossary
A promising new series that offers noteable contemporary philosophers the opportunity to write books in a neglected format that has proven historically to be remarkably fruitful.
Steven M. Cahn