Time and Space
Dainton (Barry)
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Chapter Breakdown

    Preface to the second edition – ix
    Preface to the first edition – xi
  1. Preliminaries – 1
    1.1 Ontology: the existence of space and time – 1
    1.2 Questions of structure – 3
    1.3 Physics and metaphysics – 4
    1.4 Time: the great divide – 6
    1.5 Two frameworks – 10
    1.6 Matters terminological – 11
  2. McTaggart on time's unreality – 13
    2.1 Could time be unreal? – 13
    2.2 Change as the essence of time – 13
    2.3 McTaggart's A-paradox – 15
    2.4 Other routes to the same place – 17
    2.5 The nature of A-properties – 18
    2.6 The overdetermination problem – 20
    2.7 Consequences – 25
  3. The Block universe – 27
    3.1 Time without passage – 27
    3.2 Passage and experience – 28
    3.3 A-truth in a B-world – 31
    3.4 Another A-paradox – 34
    3.5 The indispensability of the A-framework – 35
    3.6 Questions of attitude – 35
    3.7 B-theories of change – 38
    3.8 Emergent time – 41
  4. Asymmetries within time – 44
    4.1 The direction of time – 44
    4.2 Content-asymmetries: a fuller picture – 45
    4.3 Entropy – 47
    4.4 The causal route – 51
    4.5 Causation1 in question – 51
    4.6 Time in reverse – 53
    4.7 Fundamental forks – 55
  5. Tensed time – 63
    5.1 Tense versus dynamism – 63
    5.2 Taking tense seriously – 63
    5.3 McTaggart revisited – 65
    5.4 Is tense enough? – 65
  6. Dynamic time – 68
    6.1 The Growing Block – 68
    6.2 Overdetermination – 70
    6.3 Dynamism without tense – 72
    6.4 The thinning tree – 73
    6.5 How can a block grow.' – 75
    6.6 The eternal past – 79
    6.7 The varieties of Presentism – 81
    6.8 Solipsistic Presentism – 83
    6.9 Many-Worlds Presentism – 84
    6.10 Dynamic Presentism – 87
    6.11 Compound Presentism – 95
  7. Time and consciousness – 103
    7.1 The micro-phenomenology of time – 103
    7.2 Memory based accounts – 105
    7.3 The pulse theory – 106
    7.4 Awareness and overlap – 107
    7.5 The two-dimensional model – 109
    7.6 The overlap theory – 112
    7.7 The phenomenal arrow – 116
    7.8 Further consequences – 117
  8. Time travel – 121
    8.1 Questions of possibility and paradox – 121
    8.2 Misconceptions and multidimensions – 122
    8.3 Self-defeating loops – 127
    8.4 Global consistency constraints – 129
    8.5 Bilking – 131
    8.6 Quantum retroaction – 133
    8.7 The inexplicable – 136
    8.8 Voyaging in dynamic time – 138
    8.9 Real time – 141
  9. Conceptions of void – 145
    9.1 Space as void – 145
    9.2 The unseen constrainer – 147
    9.3 Connection in question – 149
    9.4 Substantivalism: a closer look – 151
    9.5 Relationism: a closer look – 153
    9.6 Two concepts of distance – 158
    9.7 Two conceptions of motion – 161
    9.8 Matters terminological – 162
  10. Space: the classical debate – 164
    10.1 The last of the magicians – 164
    10.2 Galileo – 167
    10.3 Descartes – 172
    10.4 Leibniz – 175
    10.5 The argument from indiscernibility – 177
    10.6 The argument from sufficient reason – 178
    10.7 The methodological argument – 180
  11. Absolute motion – 182
    11.1 Inertial motion – 182
    11.2 The argument for real inertial motions – 182
    11.3 The argument from inertial effects – 185
    11.4 Stalemate? – 188
    11.5 The Leibnizian response – 189
    11.6 The Machian response – 190
    11.7 The Sklar response – 192
  12. Motion in spacetlme – 194
    12.1 Newtonian spacetime – 194
    12.2 Neo-Newtonian spacetime – 197
    12.3 The only reasonable view? – 199
    12.4 A threat vanquished – 201
    12.5 The charge of explanatory impotence – 201
    12.6 A rebuttal – 203
    12.7 Newtonian spacetime relationism – 205
    12.8 Neo-Newtonian spacetime relationism – 207
    12.9 Relationism redux – 209
  13. Curved space – 213
    13.1 New angles on old problems – 213
    13.2 Flat and curved spaces – 213
    13.3 The fifth postulate – 218
    13.4 Intrinsic curvature – 222
    13.5 Topology – 225
    13.6 Conventionalism – 228
    13.7 Realism versus anti-realism – 231
  14. Tangible space – 233
    14.1 Manifestations of curvature – 233
    14.2 The detachment thesis – 235
    14.3 The explanatory challenge – 237
    14.4 A solitary hand – 240
    14.5 Global structures – 241
  15. Spatial anti-realism – 245
    15.1 Foster on matter and space – 245
    15.2 The intrinsic and the inscrutable – 246
    15.3 Modes of deviancy – 250
    15.4 Intrinsic versus functional geometry – 254
    15.5 The nomological thesis – 255
    15.6 Nomological contingency – 258
    15.7 Realism rejected – 259
    15.8 Geometrical pluralism – 262
  16. Zeno and the continuum I – 267
    16.1 Motion and the continuum – 267
    16.2 Numbering the continuum – 269
    16.3 The "Dichotomy" – 272
    16.4 The paradox of plurality – 275
    16.5 Cantor's continuum – 277
    16.6 Plurality, measure and metric – 280
    16.7 The Dichotomy revisited – 283
    Appendix – 285
  17. Zeno and the continuum II – 289
    17.1 The "Arrow" – 289
    17.2 Velocity as intrinsic – 290
    17.3 The "Stadium" – 294
    17.4 Could our spacetime be discrete? – 299
    17.5 The standard continuum: basic concerns and further puzzles – 301
    17.6 Are more points the answer? – 306
    17.7 Extension as fundamental – 309
  18. Special relativity – 313
    18.1 Time, space and Einstein – 313
    18.2 Lightspeed – 314
    18.3 Compensation or revolution? – 317
    18.4 Simultaneity – 319
    18.5 Minkowski spacetime – 322
  19. Relativity and reality – 328
    19.1 Reality unconfined – 328
    19.2 Compatibilism – 331
    19.3 Time fragmented – 332
    19.4 Absolute simultaneity: the quantum connection – 336
  20. General relativity – 343
    20.1 The limits of STR – 343
    20.2 Equivalence – 344
    20.3 Spacetime curvature – 346
    20.4 Feeling the grip of spacetime – 349
    20.5 Evidence – 351
    20.6 Equations – 352
    20.7 Relativistic cosmology – 353
  21. Spacetime metaphysics – 368
    21.1 Substantival spacetime – 368
    21.2 Mach's Principle – 369
    21.3 The hole argument – 371
    21.4 Metrical essentialism – 375
    21.5 An outmoded debate? – 379
    21.6 GTR and time – 381
  22. Strings – 387
    22.1 Higher dimensions – 387
    22.2 Kaluza-Klein theory – 390
    22.3 The standard model – 391
    22.4 Strings – 393
    22.5 Calabi-Yau space – 396
    22.6 Branes and bulk – 399
    22.7 Shards – 402
  23. Notes – 407
    Glossary – 427
    Web resources – 441
    Bibliography – 443
    Index – 455

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