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The Reality of Time

Rory Fox

in Time and Eternity in Mid-Thirteenth-Century Thought

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199285754
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199285756.003.0006

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Reality of Time

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This chapter examines the question of whether 13th century thinkers viewed time as having its own existence in reality, or whether they considered it to have an existence which depended upon a mind. It is argued that an ambiguity exists at the heart of their thoughts on this matter; an ambiguity which sometimes expressed itself in affirmations that stressed the mind-independence of time, and yet at other times, seemed to imply a limited role for a mind. The two areas where this ambiguity becomes visible are: when they were considering the question of whether time exists in the present instant, and in relation to their views about the reality of temporal becoming.

Keywords: reality of time; Aristotle; mind-dependence; temporal becoming; 13th century

Chapter.  9304 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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