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The Tenseless Theory of Time

A Critical Examination


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 294)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Arguments for a B-Theory of Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. The Special Theory of Relativity

      1. William Lane Craig
        Pages 3-34
      2. William Lane Craig
        Pages 35-53
      3. William Lane Craig
        Pages 54-81
      4. William Lane Craig
        Pages 82-104
      5. William Lane Craig
        Pages 105-126
    3. The Mind-Dependence of Temporal Becoming

      1. William Lane Craig
        Pages 127-145
  3. Arguments Against a B-Theory of Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Philosophical Objections

      1. William Lane Craig
        Pages 149-166
      2. William Lane Craig
        Pages 167-177
      3. William Lane Craig
        Pages 178-217
    3. Theological Objections

      1. William Lane Craig
        Pages 218-221
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 223-262

About this book


he present book and its companion volume The Tensed Theory of Time: a T Critical Examination are an attempt to adjudicate what one recent discussant has called "the most fundamental question in the philosophy of time," namely, "whether a static or a dynamic conception ofthe world is correct. "] I had originally intended to treat this question in the space of a single volume; but the study swelled into two. I found that an adequate appraisal of these two competing theories of time requires a wide-ranging discussion of issues in metaphysics, philosophy of language, phenomenology, philosophy of science, philosophy of space and time, and even philosophy of religion, and that this simply could not be done in one volume. If these volumes succeed in making a contribution to the debate, it will be precisely because of the synoptic nature of the discussion therein. Too often the question of the nature of time has been prematurely answered by some philosopher or physicist simply because he is largely ignorant of relevant discussions outside his chosen field of expertise. In these two complementary but independent volumes I have attempted to appraise what I take to be the most important arguments drawn from a variety of fields for and against each theory of time.


language metaphysics phenomenology philosophy of language theory of relativity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Talbot School of TheologyMariettaUSA

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