Time and Persistence

E. J. Lowe

in The Possibility of Metaphysics

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244997
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597930 | DOI:
 Time and Persistence

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Discusses some deep‐rooted differences between philosophers over the place of tense in an account of the nature of time, and defends the position that only a tensed view of time can ultimately explain satisfactorily what it is for things to exist in time and persist through change. The notion that persisting things have ‘temporal parts’ is critically examined and it is argued that a tensed view of time should reject the idea that time is a dimension in which reality is extended, in any way akin to the dimensions of space.

Keywords: change; dimensions; existence; persistence; space; temporal parts; tense; time

Chapter.  10713 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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