What Makes Time Special?
Reviews and Awards
Winner, 2022 Patrick Suppes Prize for Philosophy of Science, The American Philosophical Society
Winner of the 2018 Lakatos Award
"Without question, I am extremely enthusiastic about Callender's book. It is bursting at the seams with insight and ingenuity. It is written with great clarity and flow, traversing complex, advanced material with the ease of a true master. What Makes Time Special? is a seminal contribution to the field, comparable to classics such as D. H. Mellor's Real Time and Paul Horwich's Asymmetries in Time. It is an engaging and exciting piece of scientific philosophy that will stand the test of time. Anyone interested in the issues it addresses should read it." - M. Joshua Mozersky, Metascience
"[A]mbitious and highly original contribution to the philosophy of time ... displays nothing short of profound insight into the way physics informs old debates about time ... densely-argued, fascinating treatment of the problem of time, that breaks new ground ... will be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the topic [of time], not just philosophers of physics" - Comments from selectors of the 2018 Lakatos Award
"This is a golden age for the philosophy of time. ... Callender's book is a novel and engaging contribution to this positive development, driven by a desire to understand the emergence of "manifest time" from a physical world initially hostile to it, with the help of disciplines as different as hard-core theoretical physics and experimental psychology (and much in-between). ... I wholeheartedly recommend his new book to everyone interested in time and its puzzles." - Yuri Balashov, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"'Time is a big invisible thing that will kill you' (p. 1). I cannot think of a more striking opening sentence to a work of philosophy in recent times - or at any time, for that matter. What follows is a comprehensive tour of philosophy of time from Callender's perspective, written with great insight, as well as wit and flair. ... Callender has written a survey of issues in philosophy of time from a broadly naturalistic perspective. It is rich in detail and argument. ... Anyone interested in understanding time will be rewarded by further digging." - Steven F. Savitt, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science