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The Arguments of Time

Jeremy Butterfield


These nine chapters, commissioned on the initiative of the Philosophy section of the British Academy, address fundamental questions about time in philosophy, physics, linguistics, and psychology. Are there facts about the future? Could we affect the past? Physics, general relativity and quantum theory give contradictory treatments of time. So in the search for a theory of quantum gravity, which should give way: general relativity or quantum theory? In linguistics and psychology, how does our language represent time, and how do our minds keep track of it?

Keywords: language, British Academy, time, philosophy, physics, linguistics, psychology, general relativity, quantum theory, quantum gravity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263464
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Butterfield, editor
Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy