Three concepts of time / Kenneth G. Denbigh.

Denbigh, Kenneth George [Browse]
Berlin ; New York : Springer-Verlag, 1981.
viii, 180 p. ; 25 cm.


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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 characteri­ 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 diffe­ rent from those discussed in several recent books on the subject by philoso­ phers.
Includes index.
Bibliographic references
Bibliography: p. 171-175.
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  • 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 'The Present'
  • 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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