Call for reviewers for McTaggart’s Paradox

Andrew Weckenmann, Editor of Routledge’s Philosophy division, is happy to make copies available for qualified persons who might be interested in reviewing the forthcoming book “McTaggart’s Paradox”. Please contact the author Valdi Ingthorsson (rognvaldur.ingthorsson@fil.lu.se) and he will arrange for a copy to be delivered as soon as they emerge from the press (sometime between 15 July-15 August). The book promises to offer a comprehensive and critical overview of the last century of debate about McTaggart’s argument for the unreality of time and to persuade the reader that both defenders and critics have been wrong about the argument. It presents a novel reading of what McTaggart meant to say and draws out the consequences of this reading for the contemporary debate between the A and B views of time as well as A-B hybrids. For instance whether the B view really is compatible with enduring and hence changing particulars and whether the Growing Block View, Moving Spotlight Theory, and various versions of Presentism, have any reason to worry about McTaggart’s Paradox. An extended abstract of the book is available on Ingthorsson’s website: https://rdingthorsson.wordpress.com/summary-of-mctaggarts-paradox/

Rögnvaldur Ingthorsson
Dept. of Philosophy
Lund University
Kungshuset, Lundagård
SE-222 22 Lund

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William Lycan has published an  obituary of George Schlesinger in the Proceedings of the APA.

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Adrian Bardon of Wake Forest University was elected new president of the Philosophy of Time Society

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Claudia Luchetti (University of Tübingen)  and  Tina Röck (University of Innsbruck/Kassel) are organizing this session within the 1st International conference on Anticipation (Trento,  Italy, November, 5-7, 2015). Click here for more details or email the organizers. The deadline for abstracts is 15 April 2015.

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I am delighted to let you know about our latest book, A Time Travel Dialogue by John W. Carroll. The book, which is available to read for free on our website, explores the possibilities of time travel, probing an experimentally supported hypothesis of backwards time travel through a fascinating and approachable dialogue format. I believe that this book would be of particular interest to members of the Philosophy of Time Society, and so I hope you might be able to let them know about it via your mailing list or website. Please find some more details about the book below:

A Time Travel Dialogue, by John W. Carroll.

A Time Travel Dialogue addresses the possibility of time travel, approaching familiar paradoxes in a rigorous, engaging and fun manner. It follows in the long philosophical tradition of using dialogue to present philosophical ideas and arguments, but is ground breaking in its use of the dialogue format to introduce readers to the metaphysics of time travel, and is also distinctive in its use of lab results to drive philosophical analysis. The discussion of data that might decide whether time is one-dimensional or multi-dimensional is especially novel.

Ultimately advancing the case for time travel really being possible, A Time Travel Dialogue is set in the Jefferson National Laboratory during a period of five days in 2010. Dr Rufus’s experimental search for the psi-lepton and the resulting intractable data spurs the discussion of time travel. She and her two colleagues are pushed by their observations to address the grandfather paradox and other puzzles about backwards causation, with attention also given to causal loops, multi-dimensional time, and the prospect that only the present exists.

A Time Travel Dialogue was published on 25 August 2014 and can be read for free online at http://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/256 where it is also available in inexpensive e-book, paperback and hardback editions.

Open Book Publishers is a non-profit organization, run by academics in Cambridgeand London. We are committed to making high-quality research freely available to readers around the world. We rely on our friends and colleagues to assist in spreading the word about our books, and we thank you for your support.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for more details about this book or what we do at OBP more generally.

Best wishes,

Catherine

Catherine Heygate
Editor
www.openbookpublishers.com

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The Philosophy of Time Society requests submissions of high quality abstracts (200 words) on topics related to time and persistence for its group meeting at the Central APA in St. Louis, Missouri, February 18-21, 2015. Abstracts should be sent by email attachment to jonathan.tallant@nottingham.ac.uk before July 1st, 2014. Volunteers willing to chair or comment but not planning to submit are very welcome.

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Eastern APA, Philadelphia, December 27-30, 2014.

The Philosophy of Time Society requests submissions of high quality abstracts (200 words) on topics related to time and persistence for its group meeting at the Eastern APA in Philadelphia—December 27-30, 2014. Abstracts should be sent by email attachment to jonathan.tallant@nottingham.ac.uk before April 1st, 2014. Volunteers willing to chair or comment but not planning to submit are very welcome.

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11–14 May 2014, Palazzo Feltrinelli, Gargnano, Lake Garda, Italy.

We invite submissions of high quality papers for a three-day conference to inaugurate the new Center for Philosophy of Time. Papers suitable for a thirty minute presentation should be sent by 30 November 2013 to Ulrich Meyer at umeyer@colgate.edu. If you are willing to serve as a commentator or chair, please email us by the same date with a brief description of your areas of interest. The conference programme will be assembled in December and we hope to contact participants by early January 2014. As with the regular meetings of the Philosophy of Time Society, there will be no invited speakers.

The conference registration fee of 210 Euro includes accommodation in the Palazzo Feltrinelli (3 days) and all meals. The conference will begin with a dinner on May 11th and conclude with lunch on May 14th. The registration fee will be waived for graduate students and under-employed philosophers. If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers, Ulrich Meyer and Giuliano Torrengo.

More details about the conference can be found at http://www.philtimesociety.com/gargnano-conference/.

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Pacific APA in San Diego, April 16–20, 2014

The Philosophy of Time Society requests submissions of high quality abstracts (200 words) on topics related to time and persistence for its group meeting at the Pacific APA in San Diego. Abstracts should be sent by email attachment to jonathan.tallant@nottingham.ac.uk before September 1st, 2013. Volunteers willing to chair or comment but not planning to submit are very welcome.

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Central APA in Chicago, February 26–March 1, 2014

The Philosophy of Time Society requests submissions of high quality abstracts (200 words) relating to themes from Professor Nathan Oaklander’s work for its group meeting at the Central APA in Chicago. Abstracts should be sent by email attachment to jonathan.tallant@nottingham.ac.uk before August 15th, 2013. Please also advise whether you would be willing to serve as chair or commentator. Volunteers willing to chair or comment but not planning to submit are very welcome.

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