Chapter

Time

Ross Harrison

in On What There Must Be

Published in print September 1974 | ISBN: 9780198245070
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680830 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245070.003.0004
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This chapter first addresses the necessity of space or time. It then deals with the particular model world to derive time. It is seen that in this particular model world, the protagonist cannot change his mind about a judgement, and so it is for him as if he gets all his judgements correct. His position in this respect is analogous to the case of a protagonist who never makes a mistake. A feature emerged which it is clear could not be possessed by an atemporal world. It is also examined whether this feature can be derived from the other features of any comprehensible world. It does seem reasonable to presume that Wittgenstein held that the hierarchy of laws is finite. Moreover, the chapter demonstrates that even if the doctrine that justification comes to an end is accepted, it does not spoil the argument of the first part of the chapter which shows that the first premiss involved a potentially infinite number of reasons being available to the protagonist of a comprehensible world. In addition, the chapter illustrates that the majority of judgements are correct. It evaluates atemporal and temporal worlds, and the state of the inquiry.

Keywords: time; space; particular model world; protagonist; judgements; atemporal world; temporal world; inquiry

Chapter.  12392 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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