HPS 2675       Philosophy of Space and Time        Spring 2009
Phil 2660

Tally of Voting on Topics
broken down by: for credit students (6 total)/ auditors (8 total)

Back to course document list.

I. Philosophy Topics
0/2 A. Arguments for the unreality of change/time
1/3 0. Zeno’s paradoxes of motion
3/4 1. McTaggart’s argument McTaggart, “The Unreality of Time” Mind 18 (1908) 457-484.

Mellor, H. Real Time II, Ch. 7 ("McTaggarts' Proof") (Routledge, 1998.)

Dyke, “McTaggart and the Truth About Time,” in C. Callender (ed.) Time Reality and Experience (Cambridge UP, 2002).

Dainton, Time and Space (McGill-Queen’s, 2001). Ch 2 (“McTaggart on time’sunreality”).

3/5 2. Gödel’s argument

Gödel, “A Remark about the Relationship between Relativity Theory and IdealisticPhilosophy,” in P. A. Schilpp (ed.), Albert Einstein: Philosopher Scientist.

Earman, Bangs, Crunches, etc., Appendix to Ch. 6 (“Gödel and the Ideality of Time”).

Yourgrau, Disappearance of Time: Gödel and the Idealistic Tradition in Philosophy.

Belot, “Dust, Time, and Symmetry,” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science56 (2005): 255-91.

__ 3. Arguments from GTR and quantum gravity (see II.C).
__ B. Becoming, A-theory of time, and the growing block.
3/1 Overviews:

Savitt, “Being and Becoming in Modern Physics,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/spacetime-bebecome/

Markosian, “Time,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/time/

1/3 1. Temporal passage is nothing but the B-series Williams, “The Myth of Passage,” Journal of Philosophy 48 (1951): 457-472.

Mellor, Real Time II (Routledge, 1998).

1/3 2. B-Series accounts of change: endurantism vs. perdurantism

Balashov, “Enduring and Perduring Objects in Minkowski Spacetime,” Philosophical Studies 99 (2000): 129-166.

Hales and Johnson, “Endurantism, Perdurantism and Special Relativity,” Philosophical Quarterly 53 (2003): 524-539.

Butterfield, “The Rotating Disk Argument Defeated,” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 57 (2006): 1-45.

2/1 3. Defending the A-series Savitt, S. "A Limited Defense of Passage," American Philosophical Quarterly, 38 (2001), pp. 261-270.

Zimmerman, “The Privileged Present: Defending an ‘A-theory’ of Time,” in T. Sider et al. (eds), Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics (Blackwell, 2007).

Zimmerman, “The A-theory of Time, the B-theory, and ‘Taking Tense Seriously’,” Dialectica 59 (2005) 401-570.

4/4 4. The growing block universe Broad, Scientific Thought, Ch. 2 (“The General Problem of Time and Change”).

Tooley, Time Tense and Causation (Oxford UP, 1997).

Earman, “Reassessing the Prospects of a Growing Block Model of the Universe,” pre-print.

5/4 5. Is relativity theory incompatible with becoming?

Putnam, “Time and Physical Geometry,” Journal of Philosophy 64 (1967):240-247.

Stein, “On Relativity Theory and the Openness of the Future,” Philosophy ofScience 58 (1991): 147-167.

Clifton and Hogarth, “The Definability of Becoming in Minkowski Spacetime,” Synthese 103 (1995): 355-387.

Callender, Shedding Light on Time,” Philosophy of Science 67 (Proceedings): S587-599.

3/4 6. Explaining our sense of the ‘nowness’ of time Butterfield, “Seeing the Present,” Mind XCIII (1984): 161-176.

Callender, “The Common Now,” pre-print.

0/2 C. Presentism vs. eternalism vs. historicism: Is there a real debate?
4/2 1. No Meyer, “The Presentist’s Dilemma,” Philosophical Studies 122 (2005): 213-225.

Callender, “Time’s Ontic Voltage,” pre-print.

Doroto, “The Irrelevance of the Presentist/Eternalist Debate for the Ontology of Minkowski Spacetime,” in D. Dieks (ed), The Ontology of Spacetime I (Elsevier, 2006).

Savitt, “Presentism and Eternalism in Perspective,” in Dieks (ed) op. cit.

4/2 2. Yes Sider, Fourdimensionalism (Oxford UP, 2001). Ch. 2 (“Against Presentism”)

Sider, “Quantifies and temporal Ontology,” Mind 115 (2006): 75-97.

__ II. Philosophy of Physics Topics
4/8 A. Time vs. Space

Callender, “What Makes Time Special?” http://fqxi.org/community/forum/category/10

Skow, “The Difference between Space and Time,” Noûs 41 (2007): 227-252.

Weinstein, “Many Times,” http://fqxi.org/community/forum/category/10

Craig and Weinstein, “Determinism AND Well-Posedness in Multiple Time Dimensions,” http://arxiv.org/abs/0812.0210.

4/3 B. Time reversal invariance and the CPT theorem Albert, “Time Reversal Invariance,” Ch. 1 of Time and Chance (Harvard UP, 2000).

Malament, “On Time Reversal Invariance of Classical Electromagnetic Theory,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 35 (2004): 295-315.

Leeds, “Discussion: Malament on Time Reversal,” Philosophy of Science 73 (2006): 448-458.

North, “Two Views on Time Reversal,” Philosophy of Science 75 (2008): 201-223.

Arntzenius, “The CPT Theorem,” pre-print.

Greaves, “Towards a Geometrical Understanding of the CPT Theorem,” pre-print.

4/8 C. Timeless physics Rovelli, “Forget Time,” http://fqxi.org/community/forum/category/10

Kiefer, “Does Time Exit in Quantum Gravity?” http://fqxi.org/community/forum/category/10

Prati, “The Nature of Time: from a Timeless Hamiltonian Framework to Clock Time Morphology,” ibid.

1/2 D. Time’s arrows
2/1 Overview

Torretti, “The problem of time’s arrow historico-critically reexamined,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (2007): 732-756.

4/3 1. The entropic arrow and the “past hypothesis” Albert, Time and Chance (Harvard UP, 2000).

Earman, “The ‘Past Hypothesis’: Not Even False,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 37 (2006): 399-430.

4/4 2. The electromagnetic arrow

Frisch, M. (2000), “(Dis)Solving the puzzle of the arrow of radiation,” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 51: 381-410.

Frisch, M. (2005), Inconsistency, asymmetry, and non-locality: a philosophicalinvestigation of classical electrodynamics (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Earman, “Sharpening the Electromagnetic Arrow(s) of Time,” to appear in C. Calender (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time.

5/7 3. Cosmology, inflation, and all that

Carroll and Chen, “Spontaneous Inflation and the Origin of the Arrow of Time,” http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0410270.

Carroll, “The Cosmic Origins of Time’s Arrow,” Scientific American 298 No. 6 (June 2008)

1/3 4. Probability principles Kevin Davey, "Justification in Statistical Mechanics," Philosophy of Science 75(2008), pp. 28-44.
3/3 Other topics:
Time travel/time machines;
beginning and end of time,
the topology of time…