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- DescriptionTime is generally thought to be one of the more mysterious ingredients of the universe. In this intriguing book, Paul Horwich makes precise and explicit the interrelationships between time and a large number of philosophically important tions.Ideas of temporal order and priority interact in subtle and convoluted ways with the deepest elements in our network of basic concepts. Confronting this conceptual jigsaw puzzle, Horwich tes that there are glaring differences in how we regard the past and future directions of time. For example, we can influence the future but t the past, and can easily gain kwledge of the past but t of the future. Moreover we see a profusion of decay processes but little spontaneous generation of order; time appears to flow in one privileged direction, t the other; and we tend to explain phemena in terms of antecedent circumstances, rather than subsequent ones. Horwich explains such time asymmetries and examines their bearing on the nature of time itself.Asymmetries in Time covers many toriously difficult problems in the philosophy of science: causation, kwledge, entropy, explanation, time travel, rational choice (including Newcomb's problem), laws of nature, and counterfactual implication -- and gives a unified treatment of these matters. The book covers an unusually broad range of topics in a lucid and ntechnical way and includes alternative points of view in the philosophical literature.
- Author BiographyPaul Horwich is Associate Professor of Philosophy at MIT.
- Author(s)Paul Horwich
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication01/01/1987
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleBradford Books
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note35
- Weight422 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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