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The Metaphysics Within Physics$
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Tim Maudlin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218219.001.0001

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On the Passing of Time

On the Passing of Time

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(p.104) 4 On the Passing of Time
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The Metaphysics Within Physics
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Tim Maudlin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218219.003.0005

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

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