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The Temporalisation of Time

Basic Tendencies in Modern Debate on Time in Philosophy and Science


by Mike Sandbothe, translated by Andrew Inkpin, Lanham and New York: Rowman & Littlefield 2001.


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The subject of 'time' is currently experiencing a revival in the most diverse areas of academic discourse. Contemporary time theory attempts to relate theoretical time concepts both to one another and to everyday experience of time. This book deals with the philosopher Martin Heidegger and the chemo-physicist Iyla Prigogine (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1977), two prominent advocates of pioneering time concepts in the 20th century. The author not only provides a transdisciplinary introduction to modern debate on the problem of time, but suggests how the basic tendencies in this debate might be pragmatically interlinked with each other.


"The Temporalization of Time captures the enormous philosophical importance of a seemingly obscure turning point in the history of physics. What Sandbothe manages to make splendidly clear is the common-sense equivalence of physics' failure to reduce technical thermodynamics to classical mechanics (Boltzmann's project), and the conceptual difference between the reversibility of time (in classical physics) and the irreversibility of time (in the process of human life end reflection). He shows, by reviewing Prigogine's account of 'open systems' and Heidegger's account of temporality as the very meaning of Sein or Dasein, how the 'objective' and subjective treatments of irreversibility now invite us to acheive their reconciliation. Very helpful!" - Joseph Margolis, Temple University


"This book is of interest for everybody interested in the problem of time. It puts forward some of the main aspects of this difficult problem." - Ilya Prigogine, 1977 Nobel Prize awardee

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