The New Theory of Time

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"The most important debate among twentieth-century philosophers of time has been whether events that have happened, are happening, or will happen are equally real (the tenseless theory of time) or whether there is a fundamental distinction between past, present, and future, with only present events possessing full existence (the tensed theory). In the 1980s a new version of the tenseless theory of time emerged. While advocates still posit that all events are equally real, they depart from the old tenseless theory by conceding that tensed expressions cannot be translated into tenseless ones, and support their view of time using other arguments." "This anthology offers the latest turns in the debate over the new theory of time, with essays written by many of the most prominent contemporary thinkers in the philosophy of time. There are discussions on the role - or nonrole - of language in determining which theory is true; McTaggart's paradox and the logical difficulties that defenders of the tenseless theory say are inherent in tensed theory; and the nature of our experience of time, which proponents of both theories claim can now be explained. The Preface and the General Introduction to the book set the debate within the wider philosophical context and show why the subject of temporal becoming is a perennial concern of science, religion, language, logic, and the philosophy of mind."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

Contents

The Implications of the Tensed
1
The Old and New Tenseless Theories of Time
17
A Defense of the New Tenseless Theory of Time
57
The Truth Conditions of Tensed Sentences
69
A Reply to Smith
77
The Coreporting Theory of Tensed and Tenseless Sentences
94
Williamss Defense of the New Tenseless Theory of Time
111
Temporal Indexicals
136
The Logical Structure of the Debate about McTaggarts Paradox
202
McTaggarts Paradox Revisited
211
McTaggart Schlesinger and the TwoDimensional Time Hypothesis
221
How to Navigate the River of Time
229
Zeilicovici on Temporal Becoming
252
The Problem of Our Experience of Time
289
Mellors Emeritus Headache
305
Priors Thank Goodness Argument
322

McTaggarts Paradox and the Tensed Theory of Time
157
The Unreality of Tense
163
Mellor and McTaggarts Paradox
176
McTaggarts Paradox and the Infinite Regress of Temporal
195
On the Experience of Tenseless Time
344
The Phenomenology of BTime
360
Acknowledgments
373
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