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In this ambitious text, Yuval Dolev gives an original analysis of the competing "presentist" and the "eternalist" camps in the metaphysics of time. He deftly works his way around the complex issues in the field by selecting a few exemplary representatives of the main positions, arguing that they all commit to an ontological assumption that can only be transcended by a return to phenomenology. The result is a thoughtful and very readable book that is sure to invite careful scrutiny and to provoke lively discussion. -- Rick Arthur, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University Dolev's claims are both original and persuasive. He aims to transcend the now entrenched dichotomy of "tensed" and "tenseless" theories of time, revealing their shared presuppositions and questioning them. In so doing, he poses a challenge that all participants in that debate would do well to take seriously. -- Roger Teichmann, Department of Philosophy, Oxford University In this ambitious text, Yuval Dolev gives an original analysis of the competing "presentist" and the "eternalist" camps in the metaphysics of time. He deftly works his way around the complex issues in the field by selecting a few exemplary representatives of the main positions, arguing that they all commit to an ontological assumption that can only be transcended by a return to phenomenology. The result is a thoughtful and very readable book that is sure to invite careful scrutiny and to provoke lively discussion. -- Richard Arthur, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University The great achievement of Time and Realism is that it shows how the two conflicting ideas of time misrepresent the role that temporality plays in our lives as well as in science. Dolev shows how philosophers can refuse to spatialize time without being forced to fall back into the incoherent picture of time as a river that flows by. Time and Realism is also remarkable for successfully connecting what at first blush seem two unrelated areas of metaphysics, Dummettian realism/antirealism, and the metaphysics of tenses. Yuval Dolev clearly explains an important problem, and the major views about it, and then shows us an original and plausible way of resolving it. This is contemporary philosophy at its best. -- Hilary Putnam, Cogan University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

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Yuval Dolev is Professor of Philosophy at Bar Ilan University, Israel.

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"In this ambitious text, Yuval Dolev gives an original analysis of the competing "presentist" and the "eternalist" camps in the metaphysics of time. He deftly works his way around the complex issues in the field by selecting a few exemplary representatives of the main positions, arguing that they all commit to an ontological assumption that can only be transcended by a return to phenomenology. The result is a thoughtful and very readable book that is sure to invite careful scrutiny and to provoke lively discussion."--Richard Arthur, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University -- Rick Arthur "Dolev"s claims are both original and persuasive. He aims to transcend the now entrenched dichotomy of "tensed" and "tenseless" theories of time, revealing their shared presuppositions and questioning them. In so doing, he poses a challenge that all participants in that debate would do well to take seriously."Roger Teichmann , Department of Philosophy, Oxford University "In this ambitious text, Yuval Dolev gives an original analysis of the competing "presentist" and the "eternalist" camps in the metaphysics of time. He deftly works his way around the complex issues in the field by selecting a few exemplary representatives of the main positions, arguing that they all commit to an ontological assumption that can only be transcended by a return to phenomenology. The result is a thoughtful and very readable book that is sure to invite careful scrutiny and to provoke lively discussion."Richard Arthur , Department of Philosophy, McMaster University "The great achievement of Time and Realism is that it shows how the two conflicting ideas of time misrepresent the role that temporality plays in our lives as well as in science. Dolev shows how philosophers can refuse to spatialize time without being forced to fall back into the incoherent picture of time as a river that flows by. Time and Realism is also remarkable for successfully connecting what at first blush seem two unrelated areas of metaphysicsDummettian realism/antirealism, and the metaphysics of tenses. Yuval Dolev clearly explains an important problem, and the major views about it, and then shows us an original and plausible way of resolving it. This is contemporary philosophy at its best."Hilary Putnam , Cogan University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

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