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Storrs McCall

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.001.0001

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The Direction and Flow of Time

The Direction and Flow of Time

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(p.20) 2 The Direction and Flow of Time
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A Model of the Universe
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Storrs McCall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.003.0002

The idea of time moving from past to future is not one generally shared by scientifically minded philosophers. For instance, in the Minkowski world there is no division into past, present, and future. Instead of finding the flow of time and its direction, modern science finds these qualities in the mind of the observer. Of those who have written on the direction and flow of time in recent year, the most thorough is Adolf Grunbaum. This chapter begins the discussion with temporal direction. It brings out many of the important philosophical issues surrounding this notion by examining a recent debate between Grunbaum and John Earman.

Keywords:   temporal direction, philosophical problems, Adolf Grunbaum, John Earman, universe model, mind-dependence theory

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