Presents a collection of readings from antiquity to the present, showing how philosophers have thought about and understood the concepts of space and time.
In Philosophies of Space and Time, Howard Congdon presents a collection of readings from antiquity to the present, showing how philosophers have thought about and understood the concepts of space and time. This examination shows how human thinking has evolved in attempting to answer the questions embedded in the concepts of space and time.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Classical Concepts of Space and Time: The Concept of Space in Antiquity; Parmenides, Zeno, Melissus; The Atomists; On Nature; The Innate Knowledge of Geometrical Truth; Time Chapter 4 Post Aristotelian Analyses of Space and Time: Matter and Space; Time and Eternity; What Then is Time? Chapter 5 Space and Time in the Modern Period: Space and Extension; Absolute Space and Time; Relative Space and Time Chapter 6 Contemporary Perspectives and Issues: The Relativity of Time and Space; Flatland; Space and Time; Newton and the Infinite Static Universe; Understanding the Cosmos; The Plane Truth; Space Shapes; Fatalism; Must the Future Be What it is Going to Be? Chapter 7 Index