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Time, Change and Freedom: An Introduction to Metaphysics

Time, Change and Freedom: An Introduction to Metaphysics [Kindle Edition]

L.Nathan Oaklander

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The book has well thought out aims: chapters are short (mostly 10-15 pages) and focused; they contain useful study questions; they have up-to-date, comprehensive bibliographies; they are written as dialogues, which give students models of (analytic) philosophy in action; the dialogues also avoid closing issues, encouraging students to continue them.

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Written in an engaging dialogue style, Smith and Oaklander cover metaphysical topics from a student's perspective and introduce key concepts through a process of explanation, reformulation and critique.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 915 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415102499
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (18 Aug 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OI0TXQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packs a whallop 28 April 2002
By Maxwell Goss - Published on
This book has two main virtues, in my opinion. First, it organizes its treatment of a wide variety of issues around a single theme, the philosophy of time. This subject is of perennial interest to philosophers, of course, and the authors highlight the many ways it intersects with the other great metaphysical questions, such as personal identity, free will, and God. Second, it packs a lot of information into a very small space. It contains dense, but lucid, discussions of the A-series and B-series, relational and substantival theories of time, countable and uncountable infinities, endurantism and perdurantism, and the Special and General Theories of Relativity.
I think this book will be somewhat difficult for the introductory reader, but I suppose that comes with the territory. Metaphysics is just hard! The dialogue format does little to alleviate this; in fact, the dialogues are often stilted and sometimes distracting. However, the advantage of this format is that it allows the authors to discuss the various sides of each issue without telling the reader which side to accept. There is a lot of metaphysics in this book, explained clearly and directly. Read it through or keep it on hand as a reference. Either way, I think a careful study of it (especially Part I) will pay off.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable intro to fate, time, change, agency 15 Jan 2002
By Michael Hoffman - Published on
Chapters cover the beginning of time; relational & substantival theories of time; tenseless time; identity of the agent seemingly travelling through time; fatalism; God, foreknowledge, time & freedom; determinism & responsibility; and spacetime models. Very readable and insightful. The authors are leading-edge philosophers. Recommended for all readers.
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