Deflating the Direction of Time

Paul Horwich

in From a Deflationary Point of View

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199251261
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602252 | DOI:
Deflating the Direction of Time

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This essay discusses the book ‘The Future’ by J.R. Lucas. Lucas rejects the theory championed by most philosophers — that time is a linear array of instants at which physical and mental events are location. It is argued despite Lucas’ claims of being an advocate of ‘time flow’ and of ‘the unreality of the future,’ his explanations of these ideas show that what he has in mind is something that anti-metaphysical naturalists can readily accept.

Keywords: time; J.R. Lucas; metaphysics; naturalism; philosophy; future

Chapter.  2312 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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