Philoponus's arguments for a beginning of time
6 April, 2016
Wed 6 April, 3pm in Health Sciences Bldg, Room 121
Flinders University Philosophy Club
The next Philosophy Club meeting features a presentation from Philosopher George Couvalis.
George will be talking to us about Philoponus's arguments for a beginning of time.
The Byzantine philosopher John Philoponus presents a highly influential argument that time must have had a beginning. Most philosophers think that the arguments rely on some dubious premises and are unsound. George Couvalis will explain and discuss those arguments in some detail. He will conclude that on one view of the nature of time, one of the arguments is sound.
George is currently an adjunct researcher in Philosophy at Flinders University. He was a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Flinders until his retirement in 2014. He has also worked at the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales. He has taught topics in the Philosophy of Science, Greek Philosophy, Aesthetics, Political Philosophy and Moral Philosophy.
There are two readings that you may wish to read or peruse before this meeting (or not, if you are too busy, which is fine).
You might prefer to just spend some time thinking about theories of time and the notion that time had a beginning. It is a complicated topic, and I look forward to George articulating some philoshical answers to questions about time!