The first edition (2001) of this title quickly established itself on courses on the philosophy of time and space. This fully revised and expanded new edition sees the addition of chapters on Zeno's paradoxes, speculative contemporary developments in physics, and dynamic time, making the second edition, once again, unrivalled in its breadth of coverage. Surveying both historical debates and the ideas of modern physics, Barry Dainton evaluates the central arguments in a clear and unintimidating way and is careful to keep the conceptual issues throughout comprehensible to students with little scientific or mathematical training. The book makes the philosophy of space and time accessible for anyone trying to come to grips with the complexities of this challenging subject. With over 100 original line illustrations and a full glossary of terms, the book has the requirements of students firmly in sight and will continue to serve as an essential textbook for philosophy of time and space courses.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Preliminaries 2. McTaggart on time's unreality 3. Static time 4. Asymmetries within time 5. Tensed time 6. Dynamic time 7. Time and consciousness 8. Time travel 9. Conceptions of void 10. Space: the classical debate 11. Absolute motion 12. Motion in spacetime 13. Curved space 14. Tangible space 15. Spatial anti-realism 16. Zeno and the continuum 1 17. Zeno and the continuum 2 18. Special relativity 19. Relativity and reality 20. General relativity 21. Spacetime metaphysics 22. Strings Notes Glossary Web resources Bibliography Index