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The Tenseless Theory of Time

A Critical Examination

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Part of the book series: Synthese Library (SYLI, volume 294 )

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Arguments for a B-Theory of Time

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Special Theory of Relativity

      1. SR and the B-Theory
        • William Lane Craig
        Pages 3-34
      2. Time and Its Measures
        • William Lane Craig
        Pages 35-53
      3. The Epistemological Foundations of SR
        • William Lane Craig
        Pages 54-81
      4. SR’s Elimination of Metaphysical Time
        • William Lane Craig
        Pages 82-104
      5. The Vindication of Lorentz
        • William Lane Craig
        Pages 105-126
    3. The Mind-Dependence of Temporal Becoming

      1. Three Arguments for the Mind-Dependence of Becoming
        • William Lane Craig
        Pages 127-145
  3. Arguments Against a B-Theory of Time

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 147-147
    2. Philosophical Objections

      1. The “Spatializing” of Time
        • William Lane Craig
        Pages 149-166
      2. Incoherence of the Mind-Dependence of Becoming
        • William Lane Craig
        Pages 167-177
      3. The Problem of Temporary Intrinsics
        • William Lane Craig
        Pages 178-217
    3. Theological Objections

      1. Creatio ex Nihilo
        • William Lane Craig
        Pages 218-221
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 223-262

About this book

he present book and its companion volume The Tensed Theory of Time: a T Critical Examination are an attempt to adjudicate what one recent discussant has called "the most fundamental question in the philosophy of time," namely, "whether a static or a dynamic conception ofthe world is correct. "] I had originally intended to treat this question in the space of a single volume; but the study swelled into two. I found that an adequate appraisal of these two competing theories of time requires a wide-ranging discussion of issues in metaphysics, philosophy of language, phenomenology, philosophy of science, philosophy of space and time, and even philosophy of religion, and that this simply could not be done in one volume. If these volumes succeed in making a contribution to the debate, it will be precisely because of the synoptic nature of the discussion therein. Too often the question of the nature of time has been prematurely answered by some philosopher or physicist simply because he is largely ignorant of relevant discussions outside his chosen field of expertise. In these two complementary but independent volumes I have attempted to appraise what I take to be the most important arguments drawn from a variety of fields for and against each theory of time.

Keywords

  • language
  • metaphysics
  • phenomenology
  • philosophy of language
  • theory of relativity

Authors and Affiliations

  • Talbot School of Theology, Marietta, USA

    William Lane Craig

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Tenseless Theory of Time

  • Book Subtitle: A Critical Examination

  • Authors: William Lane Craig

  • Series Title: Synthese Library

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-3473-8

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2000

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-7923-6635-5

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-90-481-5586-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-017-3473-8

  • Series ISSN: 0166-6991

  • Series E-ISSN: 2542-8292

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 262

  • Topics: Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Phenomenology, Ontology

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Softcover Book
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