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A Companion to the Philosophy of Time

Adrian Bardon (Editor), Heather Dyke (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-65881-9 April 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 600 Pages


A Companion to the Philosophy of Time presents the broadest treatment of this subject yet; 32 specially commissioned articles - written by an international line-up of experts – provide an unparalleled reference work for students and specialists alike in this exciting field.

  • The most comprehensive reference work on the philosophy of time currently available
  • The first collection to tackle the historical development of the philosophy of time in addition to covering contemporary work
  • Provides a tripartite approach in its organization, covering history of the philosophy of time, time as a feature of the physical world, and time as a feature of experience
  • Includes contributions from both distinguished, well-established scholars and rising stars in the field

Notes on Contributors xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1
Heather Dyke and Adrian Bardon

Part I The History of the Philosophy of Time 7

1 Heraclitus and Parmenides 9
Ronald C. Hoy

2 Zeno’s Paradoxes 30
Niko Strobach

3 Aristotle on Time and Change 47
Andrea Falcon

4 Determinism, Fatalism, and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy 59
Ricardo Salles

5 Creation and Eternity in Medieval Philosophy 73
Jon McGinnis

6 Newton’s Philosophy of Time 87
Eric Schliesser

7 Classical Empiricism 102
Lorne Falkenstein

8 Kant and Time-Order Idealism 120
Andrew Brook

9 Husserl and the Phenomenology of Temporality 135
Shaun Gallagher

10 The Emergence of a New Family of Theories of Time 151
John Bigelow

11 The B-Theory in the Twentieth Century 167
M. Joshua Mozersky

Part II Time as a Feature of the Physical World 183

12 Time in Classical and Relativistic Physics 185
Gordon Belot

13 Time in Cosmology 201
Chris Smeenk

14 On Time in Quantum Physics 220
Jeremy Butterfield

15 Time in Quantum Gravity 242
Nick Huggett, Tiziana Vistarini, and Christian Wüthrich

16 The Arrow of Time in Physics 262
David Wallace

17 Time and Causation 282
Mathias Frisch

18 Time Travel and Time Machines 301
Douglas Kutach

19 The Passage of Time 315
Simon Prosser

20 Time and Tense 328
Heather Dyke

21 Presentism, Eternalism, and the Growing Block 345
Kristie Miller

22 Change and Identity over Time 365
Dana Lynne Goswick

Part III Time as a Feature of Human Experience 387

23 The Perception of Time 389
Barry Dainton

24 Transcendental Arguments and Temporal Experience 410
Georges Dicker

25 Memory 432
Jordi Fernández

26 Time in Mind 444
Julian Kiverstein and Valtteri Arstila

27 The Representation of Time in Agency 470
Holly Andersen

28 Temporal Indexicals 486
John Perry

29 Time – The Emotional Asymmetry 507
Caspar Hare

30 Evolutionary Explanations of Temporal Experience 521
Heather Dyke and James Maclaurin

31 Time and Freedom 535
Robin Le Poidevin

32 Time and Morality 549
Krister Bykvist

Index 563

“This is an indispensable collection of articles on the philosophy of time. Its contributors illuminate every major aspect of it and its history. I can think of no better guide to the subject.”  (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, 5 April 2014)

“Summing Up: Recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.”  (Choice, 1 November 2013)