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Time, Language, and Ontology: The World from the B-Theoretic Perspective

M. Joshua Mozersky

Abstract

The philosophy of time contains a debate that the philosophy of space lacks, namely whether one time, the present, is objectively (i.e. mind-independently) unlike all the others. Whether reality itself is tensed, i.e. whether position in time has ontological significance, is a long-standing but still pressing question. This book defends a unified account of the structure of time and our representations of it, arguing that while the universe itself is not centred on any particular time, we can nevertheless explain why we so commonly think and act as if it is. In other words, a version of the B- ... More

Keywords: time, tense, B-theory, semantics, change, temporal passage, persistence, ontology, three-dimensionalism, temporal parts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198718161
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718161.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Joshua Mozersky, author
Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy, Queen's University