The Logic of Time

A Model-Theoretic Investigation into the Varieties of Temporal Ontology and Temporal Discourse

  • Johan van Benthem

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 156)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Temporal Ontology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Johan van Benthem
      Pages 3-13
    3. Johan van Benthem
      Pages 14-57
    4. Johan van Benthem
      Pages 58-79
    5. Johan van Benthem
      Pages 80-112
    6. Johan van Benthem
      Pages 113-124
  3. Temporal Discourse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-126
    2. Johan van Benthem
      Pages 127-135
    3. Johan van Benthem
      Pages 136-192
    4. Johan van Benthem
      Pages 193-218
    5. Johan van Benthem
      Pages 219-229
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 230-290

About this book


The subject of Time has a wide intellectual appeal across different dis­ ciplines. This has shown in the variety of reactions received from readers of the first edition of the present Book. Many have reacted to issues raised in its philosophical discussions, while some have even solved a number of the open technical questions raised in the logical elaboration of the latter. These results will be recorded below, at a more convenient place. In the seven years after the first publication, there have been some noticeable newer developments in the logical study of Time and temporal expressions. As far as Temporal Logic proper is concerned, it seems fair to say that these amount to an increase in coverage and sophistication, rather than further break-through innovation. In fact, perhaps the most significant sources of new activity have been the applied areas of Linguistics and Computer Science (including Artificial Intelligence), where many intriguing new ideas have appeared presenting further challenges to temporal logic. Now, since this Book has a rather tight composition, it would have been difficult to interpolate this new material without endangering intelligibility.


addition artificial intelligence intelligence linguistics logic ontology

Authors and affiliations

  • Johan van Benthem
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Language, Logic and InformationUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4082-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-7947-6
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