A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time

New York: Oxford University Press (2013)
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A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time is a concise and accessible survey of the history of philosophical and scientific developments in understanding time and our experience of time. It discusses prominent ideas about the nature of time, plus many subsidiary puzzles about time, from the classical period through the present



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Epilogue: Is “What Is Time?” the Wrong Question?

The conclusions we have reached about time do not mean we should (or even can) abandon our ordinary ways of thinking about time, given that our experience of time is inherent to perceptual and emotional awareness. Still, I wouldn’t go quite so far as to conclude that our ongoing inquiry in... see more

Introduction: What Does It Mean to Ask, “What Is Time?”

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