Time and Tense

Bede Rundle

in Time, Space, and Metaphysics

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199575114
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722349 | DOI:
Time and Tense

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The ‘tenseless’ theory of time contends that we can dispense with the notions of past, present, and future, and that the relation of temporal precedence, incorporated in tenseless statements of truth-conditions, suffices for the expression of temporal facts. Discussion of this view involves consideration of such temporal indexicals as ‘now’ and ‘then’, and associated questions of subjectivity and perspective. It is argued that this position, with its claim that tense is not a real feature of the world, fails to avoid all reference to past, present, and future, but it is agreed with those who advocate tenseless analyses that these are to be understood in terms of relational predicates.

Keywords: tense; subjectivity; perspective; truth-conditions

Chapter.  12061 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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