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A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time$
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Adrian Bardon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199976454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976454.001.0001

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Does Time Pass?

Does Time Pass?

(p.79) Chapter 4 Does Time Pass?
A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time

Adrian Bardon

Oxford University Press

Classically, the definitive property of time is that it passes, or flows. Alternatively, if we are uncomfortable with talking about time as though it is a thing with properties of its own, we may still want to think in terms of events in time as becoming, proceeding, or passing away. Either way, there is a sense of passage, be it the passage of time or the passage of events. Passage is intimately bound up with the notion of a real past, present, and future, since the passage of time is the change that occurs as events go from being future to being present to being past. Is this essential characteristic of time, or events in time, real?

Keywords:   McTaggart, projection, static theory, dynamic theory, A-series, B-series, presentism, passage

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