Philosophy of Time: The Best Introductory Resources

This page features a collection of the best resources on the philosophy of time. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.

If you want a comprehensive overview of the idea of time:

  • Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Time. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 7000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of time:

“What if one day things everywhere ground to a halt? What if birds froze in mid-flight, people froze in mid-sentence, and planets and subatomic particles alike froze in mid-orbit? What if all change, throughout the entire universe, completely ceased for a period of, say, one year? Is such a thing possible?…”

If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and and more engaging introduction:

If you’d prefer a video introduction:

If you prefer audio and podcasts:

If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:


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