Fall 2023

Philosophy of Time

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-313


Joseph G. Moore (Section 01)


Is time real? If so, are the past and the future as real as the present?  Do they even exist? And how should we understand time anyway? Is it independent of things within it? Could there be time without change? Time seems linear, and also to have an intrinsic direction or “arrow”? But does it have to be this way? It’s often said that time passes, but what does this mean? How fast does it pass? In what sense is time “open” in the future? Is time travel possible? Finally, can we, and should we, reconcile our everyday understanding of time with the sometimes counter-intuitive theories of modern physics? These questions have received a great deal of attention from philosophers and scientists. This class will explore these questions and others about the nature of time. 

Requisite: One course in Philosophy required. Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Moore.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to declared Philosophy Majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations , group work and class participation

PHIL 313 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM SCCE A013
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM SCCE A013


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023