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The Moment of Change

A Systematic History in the Philosophy of Space and Time


Part of the The New Synthese Historical Library book series (SYNL, volume 45)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Nico Strobach
      Pages 1-19
  3. The Moment of Change from Antiquity to the 19th Century

    1. Nico Strobach
      Pages 20-46
    2. Nico Strobach
      Pages 47-83
    3. Nico Strobach
      Pages 84-110
    4. Nico Strobach
      Pages 111-123
  4. The Moment of Change in the 20th Century

    1. Nico Strobach
      Pages 124-145
    2. Nico Strobach
      Pages 146-160
    3. Nico Strobach
      Pages 161-170
    4. Nico Strobach
      Pages 171-182
    5. Nico Strobach
      Pages 183-197
  5. A Systematic Suggestion

    1. Nico Strobach
      Pages 198-200
    2. Nico Strobach
      Pages 201-205
    3. Nico Strobach
      Pages 225-234
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-305

About this book


This book is a systematic history of one of the oldest problems in the philosophy of space and time: How is the change from one state to its opposite to be described? To my knowledge it is the first comprehensive book providing information about and analysis of texts on this topic throughout the ages. The target audience I envisaged are advanced students and scholars of analytic philosophy and the history of philosophy who are interested in the philosophy of space and time. Authors treated in this book range from Plato, Aristotle, the logicians of the late Middle Ages, Kant, Brentano and Russell to contemporary authors such as Chisholm, Hamblin, Sorabji or Graham Priest, taking into account such theories as interval semantics or paraconsistent logic. For the first time, two main questions about the moment of change are explicitly kept apart: Which (if any) of the opposite states does the moment of change belong to? And does it contain an instantaneous event? The texts are discussed within a clear framework of the main systematic options for describing the moment of change, sometimes using predicate logic extended by newly introduced logical prefixes. The last part contains a new suggestion of how to solve the problem of the moment of change. It is centred around a theory of instantaneous states which provides a new solution to Zeno's Flying Arrow Paradox.


Aristotle Immanuel Kant Plato history of philosophy logic philosophy time

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Westfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Moment of Change
  • Book Subtitle A Systematic History in the Philosophy of Space and Time
  • Authors N. Strobach
  • Series Title The New Synthese Historical Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5120-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5044-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-9127-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 306
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Metaphysics
    Classical Philosophy
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