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On the Passing of Time

Tim Maudlin

in The Metaphysics Within Physics

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218219
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191711596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218219.003.0005
 On the Passing of Time

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The main aim of this chapter is to clear the ground of objections to the notion that time, ‘of itself, and from its own nature, flows equably without relation to anything external’. The three objections to the passage of time: logical, scientific, and epistemological, are discussed. It is argued that time passes, and that in virtue of that passage things change. There are no good logical, scientific, or philosophical arguments that cast doubt on the passing of time, and there are no impediments to representing in present physical theories that time passes.

Keywords: Newton; passage of time; Principia; logical; scientific; epistemological

Chapter.  18234 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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