Arrow of time: a physical concept with philosophical roots

Physics, Philosophy of Physics, Time

Keywords: Time, Philosophy of Physics, Bergson, Eddington


The notion of “time” is one of the key concepts in physics and philosophy and it “occupies a key role to bridge domains of experience belonging to the spiritual and physical sides of our nature” as says Sir Arthur Eddington. This essay has for subject, historical and philosophical origins of “arrow of time” as a physical notion. It is a case in which we can clearly see the close interplay between physics and philosophy.


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Author Biography

Behrooz Ebadi, History and Philosophy of Science Department, Paris Diderot University, Paris, France

Biography of Behrooz Ebadi


He has graduated with the Bsc of physics from Iran and has finished his studies in the Msc of science at the University of Paris Diderot–Paris, France in the field of philosophy of Physics. His research interest is in the field of Philosophy of time, historical, and philosophical criteria of knowledge. He is teaching French and TOK (Theory of Knowledge) at TIS (Tehran International School) in IB level.


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How to Cite
Ebadi, B. (2019). Arrow of time: a physical concept with philosophical roots. International Journal of Fundamental Physical Sciences (IJFPS), 9(3), 37-40.