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Time, Order, and Direction

Bede Rundle

in Time, Space, and Metaphysics

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199575114
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722349 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575114.003.0002
Time, Order, and Direction

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The absolutist believes that there are ordered moments of time which owe nothing to events which occur in time; the relationist believes that the order of times rests on relations between events. The relation of precedence is at the heart of temporal order, but analysing precedence in an illuminating way has proven difficult. It is often held that the direction of time is the direction of causation, but this approach is found to be unsatisfactory. Instead, it is argued that precedence is to be understood in terms of a transition from one phase of an event to another, the relation ‘x is earlier than y’ being based on the relation given with ‘There is a change from x to y’.

Keywords: order; direction; precedence; causation; change

Chapter.  7781 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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