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Future for Presentism

Future for Presentism

by Craig BourneCraig Bourne
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Presentism, the view that only the present exists, was a much neglected position in the philosophy of time for a number of years. Recently, however, it has been enjoying a renaissance among philosophers. A Future for Presentism is meant as a timely contribution to this fast growing and exciting debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199568215
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/17/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 942,668
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carig Bourne is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire.

Table of Contents

Part I: Ontology, Epistemology and Semantics
1. When am I?
2. A Theory of presentism
3. Some outstanding problems for presentism met
4. Transtemporal relations (III): causation
Part II: Presentism and Relativity
5. Physics for philosophers
6. The present dialectic in special relativity
7. Becoming Inflated
8. All the time in the worlds: Gödel's modal moral

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Atethnekos More than 1 year ago
I bought this e-book because I needed it quick for some research and didn't have time to wait for a hard-copy edition to be delivered. The price at Barnes and Noble ($20) was a lot better than the price at Sony's e-book store ($80). So that would be this edition's good point. The bad points are two, as follows. First problem with this e-book: The pagination is not the same as the hard-copy edition and entirely relative to the settings (resolution, etc.) of the reader software. This makes it impossible to give a page reference for this edition. Second problem with this e-book: Many different symbols have been rendered with the same "?". This includes asterisks, logical quantifiers and some logical operators. This makes it very difficult at times to figure out what the propositions are supposed to be. When I was at a loss I would have to look up the surrounding readable words on Google's preview of the book and then Google would show me the small excerpt with the proper formatting. The Barnes and Noble e-book format seems to be alright for casual readers of fiction but not for scholarly purposes. But who is casually reading a philosophical defence of Presentism?