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AuthorDenbigh, Kenneth G. author
TitleThree Concepts of Time [electronic resource] / by Kenneth G. Denbigh
ImprintBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1981
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-68082-3
Descript VIII, 180 p. online resource

SUMMARY

The existence of so many strangely puzzling, even contradictory, aspects of 'time' is due, I think, to the fact that we obtain our ideas about temporal succession from more than one source - from inner experience, on the one side, and from the physical world on the other. 'Time' is thus a composite notion and as soon as we distinguish clearly between the ideas deriving from the different sources it becomes apparent that there is not just one time-concept but several. Perhaps they should be called variants, but in any case they need to be seen as distinct. In this book I shall aim at characteriยญ sing what I believe to be the three most basic of them. These form a sort of hierarchy of increasing richness, but diminishing symmetry. Any adequate inquiry into 'time' is necessarily partly scientific and partly philosophical. This creates a difficulty since what may be elementary reading to scientists may not be so to philosophers, and vice versa. For this reason I have sought to present the book at a level which is less 'advanced' than that of a specialist monograph. Due to my own background there is an inevitable bias towards the scientific aspects oftime. Certainly the issues I have taken up are very diffeยญ rent from those discussed in several recent books on the subject by philosoยญ phers


CONTENT

I. Time as a Many-Tiered Construct -- 1. The Problem Situation -- 2. The Objectivity1 of Time -- 3. The Objectivity2 of Time -- 4. The Problem of โ{128}{152}The Presentโ{128}{153} -- II. Temporal Processes -- 5. The Interplay of Chance and Causality -- 6. Thermodynamics and the Temporal Asymmetries -- 7. Temporal Ongoings in Biology -- 8. Time and Consciousness -- References


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