ISBN : 9780199301089
Adrian Bardon's A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time is a short yet thorough introduction to the history, philosophy, and science of the study of time-from the pre-Socratic philosophers through Einstein and beyond. Its treatment is roughly chronological, starting with the ancient Greek philosophers Heraclitus and Parmenides and proceeding through the history of Western philosophy and science up to the present. Using illustrations and keeping technical language to a minimum, A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time covers subjects such as time and change, the experience of time, physical and metaphysical approaches to the nature of time, the direction of time, time-travel, time and freedom of the will, and scientific and philosophical approaches to eternity and the beginning of time. Bardon brings the resources of over 2500 years of philosophy and science to bear on some of humanity's most fundamental and enduring questions.
INTRODUCTION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ASK, "WHAT IS TIME?"
CHAPTER ONE: TIME AND CHANGE
CHAPTER TWO: IDEALISM AND EXPERIENCE
CHAPTER THREE: TIME AND SPACETIME
CHAPTER FOUR: DOES TIME PASS?
CHAPTER FIVE: THE ARROW OF TIME
CHAPTER SIX: IS TIME TRAVEL POSSIBLE?
CHAPTER SEVEN: TIME AND FREEDOM
CHAPTER EIGHT: COULD THE UNIVERSE HAVE NO BEGINNING OR END IN TIME?
EPILOGUE: IS "WHAT IS TIME?" THE WRONG QUESTION?