Adrian Bardon's A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time is a short introduction to the history, philosophy, and science of the study of time-from the pre-Socratic philosophers through Einstein and beyond. A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time covers subjects such as time and change, the experience of time, physical and metaphysical approaches to the nature of time, the direction of time, time travel, time and freedom of the will, and scientific and philosophical approaches to eternity and the beginning of time. Bardon employs helpful illustrations and keeps technical language to a minimum in bringing the resources of over 2500 years of philosophy and science to bear on some of humanity's most fundamental and enduring questions.
INTRODUCTION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ASK, WHAT IS TIME? ; CHAPTER ONE: TIME AND CHANGE ; CHAPTER TWO: IDEALISM AND EXPERIENCE ; CHAPTER THREE: TIME AND SPACETIME ; CHAPTER FOUR: DOES TIME PASS? ; CHAPTER FIVE: THE ARROW OF TIME ; CHAPTER SIX: IS TIME TRAVEL POSSIBLE? ; CHAPTER SEVEN: TIME AND FREEDOM ; CHAPTER EIGHT: COULD THE UNIVERSE HAVE NO BEGINNING OR END IN TIME? ; EPILOGUE: IS WHAT IS TIME? THE WRONG QUESTION?
<br>Adrian Bardon is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University, where he teaches courses on the philosophy of space and time and the history of modern philosophy. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles on time and the history of philosophy; he is also the editor of The Futureof the Philosophy of Time (2012) and co-editor of the forthcoming A Companion to the Philosophy of Time.<br>
Reviews for A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time
Adrian Bardon manages to cover a truly impressive array of issues in the philosophy of time ranging from an overview of some of the historical precursors of current ideas to a discussion of the most recent developments in the area. Bardon does an excellent job of making the issues thoroughly accessible whilst at the same time not shying away from the interesting and more difficult questions. Because he manages to walk this tightrope so well, the book would make an excellent resource for undergraduates, but would be equally at home in the bag of a graduate student. Kristie Miller, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews