- The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time
- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- Fatalism and the Future
- Time and Chance Propensities
- Time and Modality
- The Possibility of Discrete Time
- Presentism and the Space‐Time Manifold
- The Asymmetry of Influence
- The Flow of Time
- Time in Thermodynamics
- Prospects for Temporal Neutrality
- Time, Passage, And Immediate Experience
- Time in Action
- Time in Cognitive Development
- Temporal Experience
- Sharpening the Electromagnetic Arrow(s) of Time
- Time, Topology, and the Twin Paradox
- Time in the Special Theory of Relativity
- Time in Classical Dynamics
- Time Travel and Time Machines
- The CPT Theorem
- Time in Quantum Mechanics
- Time in Quantum Gravity
Abstract and Keywords
Time in even classical mechanics has yet to be fully appreciated by philosophers. This chapter begins with time as it is presented to us in Newton's famous “Scholium.” It shows how and why Newton developed a notion that has various specific features, namely, those needed for time to play the role it does in classical dynamics, and, first, asks the question of why Newton needed his “absolute” time. The chapter then deals with refining the concept of time; temporal metric and dynamical laws; and the place of time in foundational physics.
Lawrence Sklar is the Carl G. Hempel and William K. Frankena Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. He has published work in the philosophy of space and time, the foundations of statistical mechanics, and the methodology of physical science. Some of his published books are Space, Time and Spacetime, Physics and Chance, Theory and Truth, Philosophy of Physics, and Philosophy and Spacetime Physics.
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