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  1. The Images of Time: An Essay on Temporal Representation.Robin Le Poidevin - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
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  2. Arguing for Atheism: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion.Robin Le Poidevin - 1996 - Routledge.
    Arguing for Atheism introduces a wide range of topics in the philosophy of religion and metaphysics. Robin Le Poidevin does not simply defend a denial of God's existence; he presents instead a way of intepreting religious discourse which allows us to make sense of the role of religion in our spiritual and moral lives. Ideal as a textbook for university courses in the philosophy of religion and metaphysics, Arguing for Atheism is also designed to be accessible, in its style and (...)
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  3. The Experience and Perception of Time.Robin Le Poidevin - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Change, Cause and Contradiction: A Defence of the Tenseless Theory of Time.Robin Le Poidevin - 1991 - St. Martin's Press.
  5. Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time.Robin Le Poidevin - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
    Space and time are the most fundamental features of our experience of the world, and yet they are also the most perplexing. Does time really flow, or is that simply an illusion? Did time have a beginning? What does it mean to say that time has a direction? Does space have boundaries, or is it infinite? Is change really possible? Could space and time exist in the absence of any objects or events? What, in the end, are space and time? (...)
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    Missing Elements and Missing Premises: A Combinatorial Argument for the Ontological Reduction of Chemistry.Robin Le Poidevin - 2005 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (1):117-134.
    Does chemistry reduce to physics? If this means ‘Can we derive the laws of chemistry from the laws of physics?’, recent discussions suggest that the answer is ‘no’. But sup posing that kind of reduction—‘epistemological reduction’—to be impossible, the thesis of ontological reduction may still be true: that chemical properties are determined by more fundamental properties. However, even this thesis is threatened by some objections to the physicalist programme in the philosophy of mind, objections that generalize to the chemical case. (...)
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    Identity and the Composite Christ: An Incarnational Dilemma: ROBIN LE POIDEVIN.Robin Le Poidevin - 2009 - Religious Studies 45 (2):167-186.
    One way of understanding the reduplicative formula ‘Christ is, qua God, omniscient, but qua man, limited in knowledge’ is to take the occurrences of the ‘ qua ’ locution as picking out different parts of Christ: a divine part and a human part. But this view of Christ as a composite being runs into paradox when combined with the orthodox understanding of the Incarnation, according to which Christ is identical to the second person of the Trinity. In response, we have (...)
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    Questions of Time and Tense.Robin Le Poidevin (ed.) - 1998 - Oxford University Press.
    This book brings together new essays on a major focus of debate in contemporary metaphysics: does time really pass, or is our ordinary experience of time as consisting of past, present, and future an illusion? The international contributors broaden this debate by demonstrating the importance of questions about the nature of time for philosophical issues in ethics, aesthetics, psychology, science, religion, and language.
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    Change, Cause and Contradiction.Robin Le Poidevin - 1994 - Philosophical Quarterly 44 (176):406-409.
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    The Philosophy of Time.Robin Le Poidevin & Murray MacBeath (eds.) - 1993 - Oxford University Press.
    This volume provides a balanced set of reviews which introduce the central topics in the philosophy of time. This is the first introductory anthology on the subject to appear for many years; the contributors are distinguished, and two of the essays are specially written for this collection. In their introduction, the editors summarize the background to the debate, and show the relevance of issues in the philosophy of time for other branches of philosophy and for science. Contributors include J.M.E. McTaggart, (...)
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  11. A Puzzle Concerning Time Perception.Robin le Poidevin - 2004 - Synthese 142 (1):109-142.
    According to a plausible and influential account of perceptual knowledge, the truth-makers of beliefs that constitute perceptual knowledge must feature in the causal explanation of how we acquire those beliefs. However, this account runs into difficulties when it tries to accommodate time perception -- specifically perception of order and duration -- since the features we are apparently tracking in such perception are not causal. The central aim of the paper is to solve this epistemological puzzle. Two strategies are examined. The (...)
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  12. Arguing for Atheism: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion.Robin Le Poidevin - 1996 - Routledge.
    Instead of simply defending a denial of God's existence Le Poidevin presents instead a way of interpreting religious discourse which allows us to make sense of the role of religion in our spiritual and moral lives.
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  13. Questions of Time and Tense.Robin Le Poidevin - 2001 - Noûs 35 (4):616-629.
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    Continuants and Continuity.Robin Le Poidevin - 2000 - The Monist 83 (3):381-398.
    Are we the people we were? If we are continuants, then the answer to this question is an affirmative one. But it is a moot point whether anything is a continuant. The debate over this issue—of whether there are such things as continuants—is often conducted in the context of theories concerning the apparent passage of time. Thus it has been argued that the tenseless theory of time, according to which time does not really pass, forces us to tear down part (...)
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  15. Questions of Time and Tense.Robin Le Poidevin - 2001 - Mind 110 (437):218-222.
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    Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction.Robin Le Poidevin - 2010 - Oxford University Press.
    What is agnosticism? Is it a belief, or just the absence of belief? What is the 'agnostic' principle? Robin Le Poidevin takes a philosophical approach to the issue of agnosticism, challenging some of the common assumptions, arguing in favour of the agnostic attitude, and considering its place in society and education.
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    Religious Fictionalism.Robin Le Poidevin - 2019 - Cambridge University Press.
    This Element is an introduction to contemporary religious fictionalism, its motivation and challenges. Among the issues raised are: can religion be viewed as a game of make-believe? In what ways does religious fictionalism parallel positions often labelled 'fictionalist' in ethics and metaphysics? Does religious fictionalism represent an advance over its rivals? Can fictionalism provide an adequate understanding of the characteristic features of the religious life, such as worship, prayer, moral commitment? Does fictionalism face its own version of the problem of (...)
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    Worlds Within Worlds? The Paradoxes of Embedded Fiction.Robin Le Poidevin - 1995 - British Journal of Aesthetics 35 (3):227-238.
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    Continuants and Continuity.Robin Le Poidevin - 2000 - The Monist 83 (3):381 - 398.
    Are we the people we were? If we are continuants, then the answer to this question is an affirmative one. But it is a moot point whether anything is a continuant. The debate over this issue—of whether there are such things as continuants—is often conducted in the context of theories concerning the apparent passage of time. Thus it has been argued that the tenseless theory of time, according to which time does not really pass, forces us to tear down part (...)
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  20. The Past, Present, and Future of the Debate About Tense.Robin Le Poidevin - 2002 - In Questions of Time and Tense. Clarendon Press.
     
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  21. Time and the Static Image: Robin Le Poidevin.Robin Le Poidevin - 1997 - Philosophy 72 (280):175-188.
    Photographs, paintings, rigid sculptures: all these provide examples of static images. It is true that they change—photographs fade, paintings darken and sculptures crumble—but what change they undergo is irrelevant to their representational content. A static image is one that represents by virtue of properties which remain largely unchanged throughout its existence. Because of this defining feature, according to a long tradition in aesthetics, a static image can only represent an instantaneous moment, or to be more exact the state of affairs (...)
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  22. Time Without Change (in Three Steps).Robin Le Poidevin - 2010 - American Philosophical Quarterly 47 (2):171-180.
    Forty years after it first appeared, Sidney Shoemaker's much-read article, "Time without Change" , with its striking thought experiment, still dominates discussions of this intriguing topic. And rightly so: it is imaginative, subtle, and controversial. But times have changed, as they do, and in particular, the epistemological context in which Shoemaker was writing, overshadowed as it was by verificationism, no longer constrains our thinking as once it did. This is the age of bold and unashamedly realist metaphysical argument, in which (...)
     
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  23. Multiple Incarnations and Distributed Persons.Robin Le Poidevin - 2011 - In Anna Marmodoro & Jonathan Hill (eds.), The Metaphysics of the Incarnation. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Relationism and Temporal Topology: Physics or Metaphysics?Robin Le Poidevin - 1990 - Philosophical Quarterly 40 (161):419-432.
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    Theistic discourse and fictional truth.Robin Le Poidevin - 2003 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 3:271-284.
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    Can Beliefs Be Caused by Their Truth-Makers?Robin Le Poidevin - 1999 - Analysis 59 (3):148-156.
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    Action at a Distance.Robin Le Poidevin - 2007 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 61:21-36.
    In the broadest sense of the phrase, there is action at a distance whenever there is a spatial or temporal gap between a cause and its effect. In this sense, it is not at all controversial that there is action at a distance. To cite a few instances: the page a few inches in front of you is impinging on your senses; the Sun is now warming the Earth; we are still living with the consequences of the Second World War. (...)
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  28. Fables and Models.Nancy Cartwright & Robin Le Poidevin - 1991 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes 65:55-82.
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    The Chemistry of Space.Robin Le Poidevin - 1994 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72 (1):77 – 88.
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    Kenosis, Necessity and Incarnation.Robin Le Poidevin - 2013 - Heythrop Journal 54 (2):214-227.
    The doctrine of the Incarnation faces the following modal challenge: ‘The Son, as God, exists of necessity; Jesus, as man, exists only contingently. Therefore they cannot be one and the same.’ On the face it, the kenotic model, on which the Son gave up some of the divine properties at the Incarnation, cannot help to meet this challenge, since the suggestion that the Son gave up necessary existence implies that the necessity in question was only contingent, and this notion makes (...)
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    The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics.Robin Le Poidevin (ed.) - 2009 - Routledge.
    The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics is an outstanding, comprehensive and accessible guide to the major themes, thinkers, and issues in metaphysics. The Companion features over fifty specially commissioned chapters from international scholars which are organized into three clear parts: History of Metaphysics Ontology Metaphysics and Science. Each section features an introduction which places the range of essays in context, while an extensive glossary allows easy reference to key terms and definitions. The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics is essential reading for students (...)
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    Time and Space. [REVIEW]Robin Le Poidevin - 2004 - Philosophy 79 (3):486-490.
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  33. Stopped Clocks, Silent Telephones and Sense Data: Some Problems of Time Perception. [REVIEW]Robin Le Poidevin - 2015 - Topoi 34 (1):1-8.
    When philosophers of perception contemplate concrete examples, the tendency is to choose perceptions whose content does not essentially involve time, but concern how things are at the moment they are perceived. This is true whether the cases are veridical (seeing a tree as a tree) or illusory (misperceiving the colour or spatial properties of an object). Less discussed, and arguably more complex and interesting cases do involve time as an essential element: perceiving movement, for example, or perceiving the order and (...)
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    Time and Space by Barry Dainton. Chesham: Acumen, 2001. Pp. XIV+386 Hardcover £45. Paperback £18.95.Robin Le Poidevin - 2004 - Philosophy 79 (3):486-490.
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    Space, Supervenience and Substantivalism.Robin Le Poidevin - 2004 - Analysis 64 (3):191 - 198.
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    Time and Truth in Fiction.Robin Le Poidevin - 1988 - British Journal of Aesthetics 28 (3):248-258.
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    The New Theory of Time.Robin Le Poidevin - 1996 - International Philosophical Quarterly 36 (1):111-112.
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    Time, Tense and Topology.Le Poidevin Robin - 1996 - Philosophical Quarterly 46 (185):467-481.
  39. Lowe on Mctaggart.Robin Le Poidevin - 1993 - Mind 102 (405):163-170.
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    Space and the Chiral Molecule.Robin Le Poidevin - 2000 - In Nalini Bhushan & Stuart Rosenfeld (eds.), Of Minds and Molecules: New Philosophical Perspectives on Chemistry. New York: Oxford University Press.
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    Time, Death and the Atheist.Robin Le Poidevin - 1995 - Cogito 9 (2):145-152.
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  42. The Principle of Reciprocity and a Proof of the Non-Simultaneity of Cause and Effect.Robin le Poidevin - 1988 - Ratio:152.
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    Creation in a Closed Universe Or, Have Physicists Disproved the Existence of God?Robin Le Poidevin - 1991 - Religious Studies 27 (1):39.
    Could a theory concerning the temporal structure of the universe have any implications for the possibility of a creator? A recent remark by Stephen Hawking suggests that it could. In A Brief History of Time , Hawking writes: The idea that space and time may form a closed surface without boundary … has profound implications for the role of God in the affairs of the universe… So long as the universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator. (...)
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    Hume and the ‘Secret Connexion’: Why Causation is a Singular Affair.Robin Le Poidevin - 2021 - Think 20 (58):9-22.
    The great Scottish Enlightenment man of letters David Hume offered an account of causation in terms of regularities: repeated pairings of certain kinds of events. Anything more than this, a supposed ‘secret connexion’ binding individual causes and effects, is not something we could ever experience. This, at least, is the view traditionally ascribed to him. Here the account, and its empiricist motivation, is outlined, and a fundamental problem identified: his account of causation is in tension with his account of the (...)
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    Review. [REVIEW]Robin Le Poidevin - 1998 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (2):365-369.
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    Internal and External Questions About God: ROBIN LE POIDEVIN.Robin Le Poidevin - 1995 - Religious Studies 31 (4):485-500.
    Characteristic of metaphysics are general questions of existence, such as ‘Are there numbers?’ This kind of question is the target of Carnap's argument for deflationism, to the effect that general existential questions, if taken at face value, are meaningless. This paper considers deflationism in a theological context, and argues that the question ‘Does God exist?’ can appropriately be grouped with the ‘metaphysical’ questions attacked by Carnap. Deflationism thus has the surprising consequence that the correct approach to theism is that of (...)
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    Religious Conversion and Loss of Faith: Cases of Personal Paradigm Shift?Robin Le Poidevin - 2021 - Sophia 60 (3):551-566.
    Is Thomas Kuhn’s model of scientific revolutions in terms of paradigm shifts appropriately applied to cases of radical changes in religious outlook, and in particular conversion to faith, or loss of faith? Since this question cannot be addressed in purely a priori terms, three case studies of philosophers who have described significant changes in their own perspectives are examined. Part of the justification for such an approach is to see how changes in view seem from the first-person perspective. Although what (...)
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    Fiction and the Agnostic.Robin Le Poidevin - 2020 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (3):163-181.
    Consider the agnostic who thinks that reason and evidence are neutral on the question of God’s existence, and as a result neither believes that God exists nor believes that God does not exist. Can such an agnostic live a genuinely religious life – even one in which God is the central animating idea? They might do so by accepting Pascal’s Wager: the expected rewards will always be greater if one bets on God’s existence than if one does not. Or they (...)
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    The Incarnation: Divine Embodiment and the Divided Mind: Robin Le Poidevin.Robin Le Poidevin - 2011 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 68:269-285.
    The central doctrine of traditional Christianity, the doctrine of the Incarnation, is that the Second Person of the Trinity lived a human existence on Earth as Jesus Christ for a finite period. In the words of the Nicene Creed, the Son is him who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
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  50. Introduction: Hat is Metaphysics?Robin Le Poidevin - 2009 - In The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge.
     
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