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The Nature of Time: Alternative Accounts and Basic Issues

Michael Tooley

in Time, Tense, and Causation

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250746
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250746.003.0002
 The Nature of Time: Alternative Accounts and Basic Issues

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Formulates the central claim to be defended in the book, which is a conjunction of two theses. First, tenseless concepts and facts are more basic than tensed concepts and facts. Second, the world is dynamic: while the past and the present are real, the future is not. The chapter also outlines the role of causation on this account: the direction of time is defined in terms of the direction of causation, and causation can exist only in a dynamic world.

Keywords: causation; future; reality; tense; tensed concepts; tenseless concepts; time

Chapter.  8900 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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