- This course will cover some introductory philosophical problems concerning space and time.
- We will start by looking at the ancient paradoxes about motion due to Zeno of Elea.
- This will lead on to
- questions about the structure of space and time (are they continuous or atomic? Must time have a beginning?);
- the relations between time and change (does time require change?);
- the flow of time (is there a real distinction between past, present and future?);
- knowledge of the future (is knowledge of the future consistent with freedom of action?);
- truths about the future (are there already truths about the future?) ; and
- our access to the past (could we travel into or otherwise affect the past?).
- Zeno’s paradoxes of motion: the Dichotomy and the Arrow
- The beginning of time
- Time without change: substantival and relational theories of time
- Tensed and detensed views of time
- Foreknowledge and the open future
- Future truth and the open future
- Time travel1 and affecting the past
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