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on 29 March 2012
Although this reprinting is in 2009 the original publication was 1993 and the papers as is often the case go back a lot further than that. If you are new to philosophy then this may be a useful book but many of these issues have been tackled more recently and better under the title of philosophy of mind.

McTaggart is of course essential for introducing the A series and B series that diffrentiate between the natural sequence of events and the conceptualisation of them into past, present anf future. Ideas regarding the possible category error of applying concepts within time to time itself are also interesting as is the relationship between change and time. Overall though I have to say that this collection was quite disappointing for me because I have read so many better-expressed ideas in other papers and collections. Even the time travel paradoxes are not as well-handled as I would expect. In fact, it seems to me that a number of science fiction and fantasy writers have tackled these paradoxes more inventively and creatively than in this book. The last two papers did very little for me. The attempt to prove the possibility of two-dimensional time seemed particularly daft and inconclusive.
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on 7 May 2001
This is now undoubtedly the best introductory collection of papers on the philosophy of time, from McTaggart, Priori, Mellor, Shoemaker, Dummett, Newton-Smith, Quinton, and others.
If you want to know what time is, go for it! (But don't expect to find the answer.)
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