Time and Identity

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-28
  • Publisher: Bradford Books
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The concepts of time and identity seem at once unproblematic and frustratingly difficult. Time is an intricate part of our experience-it would seem that the passage of time is a prerequisite for having any experience at all-and yet recalcitrant questions about time remain. Is time real? Does time flow? Do past and future moments exist? Philosophers face similarly stubborn questions about identity, particularly about the persistence of identical entities through change. Indeed, questions about the metaphysics of persistence take on many of the complexities inherent in philosophical considerations of time. This volume of original essays brings together these two essentially related concepts in a way not reflected in the available literature, making it required reading for philosophers working in metaphysics and students interested in these topics. The contributors, distinguished authors and rising scholars, first consider the nature of time and then turn to the relation of identity, focusing on the metaphysical connections between the two, with a special emphasis on personal identity. The volume concludes with essays on the metaphysics of death, issues in which time and identity play a significant role. This groundbreaking collection offers both cutting-edge epistemological analysis and historical perspectives on contemporary topics. Contributors: Harriet Baber, Lynne Rudder Baker, Ben Bradley, John W. Carroll, Reinaldo Elugardo, Geoffrey Gorham, Mark Hinchliff, Jenann Ismael, Barbara Levenbook, Andrew Light, Lawrence B. Lombard, Ned Markosian, Harold Noonan, John Perry, Harry S. Silverstein, Matthew H. Slater, Robert J. Stainton, Neil A. Tognazzini Topics in Contemporary Philosophy

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Framing the Problems of Time and Identity
Temporal Realityp. 27
Time for a Changep. 49
A Polemic against the Presentism-Eternalism Debate
Context, Conditionals, Fatalism, Time Travel, and Freedomp. 79
The Identity of the Pastp. 95
Identity through Change and Substitutivity Salva Veritatep. 113
Identifying the Problem of Personal Identityp. 129
Persistence and Responsibilityp. 149
Descartes on Persistence and Temporal Partsp. 165
The Self
Persons, Animals, and Human Beingsp. 185
Me, Againp. 209
Selves and Self-Conceptsp. 229
Ex Ante Desire and Post Hoc Satisfactionp. 249
Eternalism and DeathÆs Badnessp. 271
p. 283
The Retroactivity Problemp. 297
Love Conquers All, Even Time?p. 311
Contributorsp. 321
Indexp. 323
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