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Augustine meets Meno: the many faces of temporality

Bouton, Christophe, and Huneman, Philippe (eds.): Time of nature and the nature of time. Philosophical perspectives of time in natural sciences. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2017. xiv + 403 pp, 124,79 € HB
  • Vassilis Sakellariou
Book Review

‘What, then, is time?’—Augustine famously asked in his Confessions, adding: ‘If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks me, I do not know.’ This volume, comprising essays by experts in their respective fields, proposes to broach the question at a level above mere ‘gut feeling,’ concentrating on the ‘time of Nature’ as opposed to time ‘as an essential structure of consciousness or thought.’ As the editors stress in their Introduction, the book relies on the idea that ‘a comparative approach to these pervasive issues regarding time in the sciences would be the best way to provide a general philosophy of time with a philosophical understanding of what time in nature is for those who strive to understand nature’ (9). The subjects are grouped in four parts, devoted, respectively, to the Experience and the Scientific Framing of Time, Time Paradoxes in Physics, Deep Time, and Time of the Evolution. Since it is impossible to do proper justice to all essays...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and History of ScienceUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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