- Tapa dura: 236 páginas
- Editor: Oxford University Press (1 de abril de 1993)
- Colección: Oxford Readings in Philosophy
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 019823998X
- ISBN-13: 978-0198239987
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The Philosophy of Time (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) (Inglés)
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The aim of this series is to bring together important recent writings in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to university students or general readers. This volume presents a set of readings which introduce the central topics in the philosophy of time. Two of the essays have been written specially for this volume. The editors summarize the background to the debate and show how issues in the philosophy of time are related to other branches of philosophy. This book should be of interest to students of metaphysics or the philosophy of physics (advanced undergraduate and graduate); professional philosophers and scientists interested in time; and general readers investigating the philosophical background to the current popularity of the subject.
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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.
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.
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.