Neglected Problems of Time: Metaphysical and topological issues arising from the physics of time

  • Oppy, Graham (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Handfield, Toby (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Bird, Alexander (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Butterfield, Jeremy N. (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Loewer, Barry (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

In his Confessions, St. Augustine wrote: ''What then is time? If no one asks me, I know, if I want to explain it to someone who asks, I do not know.'' We're offeringC to help St. Augustine out: the aim of our project is to answer a series of philosophical questions about what time is that arise from debates in contemporary physics, especially in connection with quantum gravity. In our view, these philosophical questions about time have been unduly neglected by philosophers, even though they are the most important and most interesting philosophical questions to ask about the nature of time, and even though our team of researchers will be able to make significant progress towards the provision of answers to these questions.
Effective start/end date5/01/0931/12/13


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$232,070.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$82,430.00