Time, Change and Freedom: An Introduction to Metaphysics

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1995-08-16
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Time, Change and Freedomis the first introduction to metaphysics that uses the idea of time as a unifying principle. Time is used to relate the many issues involved in the complex study of metaphysics. Sections of the book are written in dialogue form which allows the reader to question the theories while they read and have those queries answered in the text. In addition, the authors provide glossaries of key terms as well as recommendations for further reading at the conclusion of each chapter. Quentin Smith and L. Nathan Oaklander examine the tensions between determinism and freedom, temporality and historical change as well as an array of other issues fundamental to introductory metaphysics.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Finite and the Infinitep. 9
The Beginning of Timep. 11
The Infinity of Past and Future Timep. 23
The Relational and Substantival Theories of Timep. 35
Eternityp. 45
Time and Identityp. 55
The Problem of Changep. 57
The Passage of Timep. 66
Personal Identityp. 87
Personal Identity and Timep. 105
The Nature of Freedomp. 115
Fatalism and Tenseless Timep. 117
God, Time and Freedomp. 130
Freedom, Determinism and Responsibilityp. 145
Appendix: Physical Time and the Universep. 161
Physical Time in Einstein's Special Theory of Relativityp. 165
Physical Time in Current Cosmologiesp. 185
Indexp. 215
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