Real Time II - D H Mellor

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For anyone with a general interest in metaphysics, this is an interesting read. And particularly for those who have stopped to think exactly what we mean by time, and what actually constitutes time.

Whilst this book is written by a philosopher, it doesn't have to be read by a philosopher, and is accessible to the general audience - there is no complex maths in this book at all, rather it is purely english prose and arguments of logic.

Mellor looks at the standard views of what time is, looking at the concept of time flowing from past to present to future, and McTaggert's view of time.

He also looks at arguments for time travel to the past and the future, and concludes travel to the past is not possible as it would entail backwards causation, which he says falls foul of logical contradiction.

Time, he concludes, is no more or less than the direction of causation. We have cause and effect, and it is due to this relation that we experience time and it's passing.

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