Time and Space
These are just some of the fundamental questions addressed in Time and Space. Writing for a primary readership of advanced undergraduate and graduate philosophy students, Barry Dainton introduces the central ideas and arguments that make space and time such philosophically challenging topics. Although recognising that many issues in the philosophy of time and space involve technical features of physics, Dainton has been careful to keep the conceptual issues accessible to students with little scientific or mathematical training. Surveying historical debates and ideas at the forefront of contemporary thinking, the book is unrivaled in its coverage. Topics include McTaggart's argument for the unreality of change; static, tensed, and dynamic time; time travel and causal arrows; space as void, motion, and curved spac; as well as a non-technical introduction to the special theory of relativity and the key features of general relativity, spacetime, and strings. Dainton also addresses the relationship between the philosophy of time and broader human concerns involving actions, ethics, fatalism, and death.
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Interesting exercise regarding space-concepts. Our human consciousness appears to hold at most 4 concepts at a time. Try the exercise: holding on to 4 different concepts in your mind, then try grasping an additional concept; one of the original concepts randomly pops-out of your awareness.
McTaggart on times unreality
Asymmetries within time
Time and consciousness
Conceptions of void
the classical debate
Relativity and reality
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Limited preview - 2004
About Time: Narrative, Fiction and the Philosophy of Time
No preview available - 2007