Time, Reality and Experience

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 15, 2002 - Philosophy - 328 pages
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Why does time seem to flow in one direction? Can we influence the past? Is only the present real? Does relativity conflict with our common understanding of time? Could science do away with time? These questions and others about time are among the most puzzling problems in philosophy and science. In this exciting collection of original articles, eminent philosophers propose novel answers to these and other questions. Based on the latest research in philosophy and physics, these essays will be enjoyable to anyone with a speculative turn of mind.
 

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Contents

When Time Gets Off Track
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Burburys Last Case The Mystery of the Entropic Arrow
15
Zenos Arrow and the Significance of the Present
53
Presentism Ontology and Temporal Experience
69
A Presentists Refutation of Mellors McTaggart
87
Time and Degrees of Existence A Theory of Degree Presentism
115
McTaggart and the Truth about Time
133
On Absolute Becoming and the Myth of Passage
149
Time Travel and Modern Physics
165
Freedom from the Inside Out
197
On Stages Worms and Relativity
219
On Becoming Cosmic Time and Rotating Universes
249
How Relativity Contradicts Presentism
273
Can Physics Coherently Deny the Reality of Time?
289
Rememberances Mementos and TimeCapsules
313
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