The Philosophy of Time (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) 1st Edition

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"It is about time a book of this magnitude came into the picture. Very timely. It covers the topic well."--Scott Engel, Miles Community College


"A wonderful collection of stimulating essays which are sure to hold the interest of my students."--Micheal W. Palmer, Bluefield College


"This is an excellent single volume treatment of a most important subject. It nicely combines both classical and contemporary approaches. The price is right, too."--Robert P. Tucker, Florida Southern College


"Though philosophers have long attended to the profound implications physics has had upon our understanding of time, interest again appears to be growing in metaphysical issues of time as well. Le Poidevin and MacBeath's outstanding new anthology-presenting influential viewpoints current within the metaphysics rather than physics of time-not only reflects this trend, but should provide a powerful impetus to it....An important compilation of recent works useful for professionals and for advanced students in the metaphysics of time. As the newest volume in the Oxford Readings in Philosophy, this book makes an outstanding addition to an already distinguished series."--Teaching Philosophy


About the Author

Robin Le Poidevin was a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews (1988-9) and Lecturer in Philosophy at Oriel College, Oxford (1987). He lives in Farnhill, West Yorkshire. Andrew MacBeath lives in Dunblane, Perthshire.
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  • Series: Oxford Readings in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 20, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198239998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198239994
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 5.4 inches
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on June 8, 2000
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This is an excellent collection of readings on the philosophy of time. The contents include twelve essays by twelve different philosophers (including the editors of the volume) -- the very first of which is taken from the famous thirty-third chapter of John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart's _The Nature of Existence_. (Originally entitled "Time," the chapter is here retitled "The Unreality of Time.")
I remarked in my review of that book that McTaggart's argument has been tried and found wanting, but one important partial exception is featured in this volume: D.H. Mellor's piece "The Unreality of Tense." Mellor does not, indeed, accept McTaggart's conclusion that time itself is "unreal," but he does take McTaggart to have provided a successful argument for a "tenseless" theory of time. (Mellor's piece is a revision of chapter 6 of his book _Real Time_ -- the first edition, I presume.)
The other essays range over a wide variety of topics, from David Lewis's "The Paradoxes of Time Travel" to Michael Dummet's "Bringing About The Past," from whether time really "passes" or not and whether the nature of time is a philosophical or an empirical question to whether time has a beginning and whether change is real. I shall not try to comment on them all.
But the selections are excellent and the collection as a whole is very thorough. In short, this a fine set of readings for anyone with time on his hands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Milliern on December 27, 2013
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Le Poidevin’s volume is a must-read for anyone who either wants an anthology that lays out some of the most fundamental and important points of discussion for the philosophy of time, or those who are seeking a starting point (i.e., a set of classic, oft-referred-to texts) for study of the philosophy of time. It is a necessary preliminary to the subject, in my opinion. In beginning serious study of the philosophy of time, I have come across numerous references to the papers contained in this collection, so I think the volume is very nearly essential to studying the topic. I am open to suggestions regarding a better elementary anthology with equivalent relevance, but I have to say I have not come across one such volume that compares. Any work that does not contain McTaggart’s classic paper, “The Unreality of Time,” is an immediate dud. Le Poidevin’s volume also contains other modern classics, such as works by Price, Shoemaker, and Mellor, to name some of the more notable ones.

I simply cannot express essentialness of this anthology to one’s studies, as I think the metric for a work of this type, being that it is an anthology of modern classics in the philosophy of time and some of the most-cited papers of the century (or at least the most talked about ideas within the subject), is the number of citations. If there is one complaint I could give, it is that I wish Le Poidevin would have added a few more articles that were just as strategically chosen; or that some commentary were placed between the texts. It will be some time before another book will meet its match, in terms of function. I recommend this to all interested in the philosophy of time, due to the additional fact that the papers do not entail any technical physics, mostly remaining in the realm of general ontological assessment of time, as well as the realm of metaphysical exposition and inquiry.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miguel T. Carvalho on September 28, 2012
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Relativity is a simple theory commonly presented in complex and confusing ways.
Not in this Princenton Press book that uses an intelligent and very clear approach to present space-time and relativity concepts, being complete under these aspects.
Its essence can be completelly reached even by readers without superior mathematics skills.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ernest E. Roberts, Ph.D. on December 27, 2012
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Have 'jumped' thru most of it. This is a compilation of essays on TIME by a number of recognized philosophers with a variety of conceptions as to what TIME is. They review historical views and present their own, in a language format that is as complex and twisted as I have ever encountered. As a psychologist, I step back - at times - and wonder if they have lost the subject in the giant seaweed of verbiage, but by mustering my remnants of a first class Ivy League education I come out with considerable enlightenment. If you are a (very) serious investigator of this question (WHAT IS TIME) and have a superior command of the English language - including its grammatical structure - you will find this book well worth the money; for the challenges AND the insights. If you're looking for anything else - FORGET IT.
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