David Hodgson

in The Mind Matters

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240686
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680236 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks


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The subject of time is examined in many major works of philosophy and science. There is a widespread opinion that science requires a view of time which accords reality to time but denies reality to tense (to the distinctions between present, past, and future). This chapter discusses this view of time and contends that science by no means requires it. It argues briefly for a contrary view of time, according to which the content of reality is changing, the past is gone and no longer real, the future is to come and not yet real. Such a view, if correct, provides support for the general approach of this book. It also is relevant to the world-view outlined in the last chapter.

Keywords: tense; tenseless view; timeless existence; world-view

Chapter.  6319 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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