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Re-Thinking Time at the Interface of Physics and Philosophy

The Forgotten Present

  • Albrecht von Müller
  • Thomas Filk

Part of the On Thinking book series (ONTHINKING, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Albrecht von Müller
    Pages 1-46
  3. A. Nikonov, A. von Müller
    Pages 47-65
  4. Mohammad Bahrami, Angelo Bassi, Sandro Donadi, Luca Ferialdi, Gabriel León
    Pages 125-146
  5. B. J. Hiley
    Pages 147-175
  6. Michael Drieschner
    Pages 211-229
  7. Michael Esfeld
    Pages 231-248
  8. Hartmann Römer
    Pages 249-267
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 269-274

About this book


The current volume of the Parmenides Series “On Thinking” addresses our deepest and most personal experience of the world, the experience of “the present,” from a modern perspective combining physics and philosophy. Many prominent researchers have contributed articles to the volume, in which they present models and express their opinions on and, in some cases, also their skepticism about the subject and how it may be (or may not be) addressed, as well as which aspects they consider most relevant in this context.

While Einstein might have once hoped that “the present” would find its place in the theory of general relativity, in a later discussion with Carnap he expressed his disappointment that he was never able to achieve this goal. This collection of articles provides a unique overview of different modern approaches, representing not only a valuable summary for experts, but also a nearly inexhaustible source of profound and novel ideas for those who are simply interested in this question.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Albrecht von Müller
    • 1
  • Thomas Filk
    • 2
  1. 1.Parmenides StiftungPullachGermany
  2. 2.Institute of PhysicsUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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