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The Flow of Time

Price, Huw (2009) The Flow of Time. [Preprint]


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I distinguish three views, a defence of any one of which would go some way towards vindicating the view that there is something objective about the passage of time: (i) the view that the present moment is objectively distinguished; (ii) the view that time has an objective direction – that it is an objective matter which of two non-simultaneous events is the earlier and which the later; (iii) the view that there is something objectively dynamic, flux-like, or "flow-like" about time. I argue that each of these views is not so much false as doubtfully coherent. In each case, it turns out to be hard to make sense of what the view could be, at least if it is to be non-trivial, and of use to a friend of objective passage. I conclude with some remarks about avenues that seem worth exploring in the philosophy of time, when we are done with trying to make sense of passage.

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Item Type: Preprint
Price, Huw
Keywords: Time, Flow of time, Passage of time, Arrow of time, Direction of time, Earman, Maudlin
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Prof Huw Price
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4829
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: August 2009

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