By Simon Prosser
Our engagement with time is a ubiquitous characteristic of our lives. we're conscious of time on many scales, from the briefest flicker of swap to the best way our lives spread over decades. yet to what quantity does this come upon show the real nature of temporal truth? To the level that temporal fact is because it turns out, how will we end up conscious of it? And to the level that temporal truth isn't really because it turns out, why does it appear that method? those are the vital questions addressed by means of the writer during this book. Read more...
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Rather, given that it is now t2, e is now present, it will be past (for example, it will be past at t3), and it was future (for example, it was future at t1). So there is no time at which there is a contradiction. But McTaggart has a response to this. Let us rewrite the claim that e will be past as ‘e is future-past’, the claim that e was future as ‘e is past-future’, and so on. So instead of ﬁrst-order A-properties like past, present, or future, e is now being ascribed second-order A-properties such as futurepast.
OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 21/3/2016, SPi EXPERIENCE AND THE PASSAGE OF TIME such that if the device detected the passage of time, the light would illuminate. The details are not important, of course; all that really matters is that the device should be some kind of apparatus that would produce an output that would tell us whether or not time was passing. Is some such device possible, at least in principle? For those used to thinking about such issues, the answer will be obvious. There is a very simple argument that shows that there can be no such device, and fortunately one need not know much about physics to understand it.
Much the same can be said for any theory of ontic becoming, not just the growing block theory. So it is hard to see how experience could possibly be experience of ontic becoming. Craig Callender (2012) has given a related argument. Callender argues that experience cannot distinguish between different ontological theories of time— eternalism, presentism, growing blocks, shrinking trees, and so on. For insofar as the only difference between these theories is ontological, then the experiences themselves are exactly the same for all of the theories.