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The Structure of Time

By: Newton-Smith, W. H.

Part of the Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Time series
1138394068 / 9781138394063
Paperback / softback
Published 01/06/2020
United Kingdom
138 x 216 mm 272 pages
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Originally published in 1980. What is time? How is its structure determined? The enduring controversy about the nature and structure of time has traditionally been a diametrical argument between those who see time as a container into which events are placed, and those for whom time cannot exist without events.

This controversy between the absolutist and the relativist theories of time is a central theme of this study.

The author's impressive arguments provide grounds for rejecting both these theories, firstly by establishing that 'empty' time is possible, and secondly by showing, through a discussion of the structure of time which involves considering whether time might be cyclical, branching, beginning or non-beginning, that the absolutist theory of time is untenable.

This book then advances two new theories, and succeeds in shifting the traditional debate about time to a consideration of time as a theoretical structure and as a theoretical framework.


HPJ Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology, HPL Philosophy: logic, PHU Mathematical physics

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