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.