Seventh in the New Dialogues in Philosophy series, this book discusses the concept of time and shows in the simplest ways how time informs discussions about causality, creation, physics, natural disasters, and much more. Creating a series of conversations between two fictional characters, Bradley Dowden uses the characters to explore nine metaphysical issues involving time.
Bradley Dowden is professor of philosophy at California State University, Sacramento. He has written one text in philosophy, Logical Reasoning (Thomson-Wadsworth), and is a general editor of the online Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 1. Introduction Chapter 3 2. Fatalism, Free Will, and Foreknowledge Chapter 4 3. Mind, the Metric, and Conventionality Chapter 5 4. Time Travel and Backward Causation Chapter 6 5. Time's Origin, and Relationism vs. Substantivalism Chapter 7 6. McTaggart, Tensed Facts, and Time's Flow Chapter 8 7. Presentism, the Block Universe, and Perduring Objects Chapter 9 8. The Arrow of Time Chapter 10 9. Zeno's Paradoxes and Supertasks Chapter 11 10. Glossary