Edmonds and Warburton: Philosophy Bites Again
Edmonds and Warburton: Philosophy Bites
Edmonds and Warburton: Philosophy Bites Back
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Events happen in time. And time is essentially tensed: there is past, present, future. D.H. Mellor, author of Real Time (and Real Time 2), suggests otherwise. In this podcast for Philosophy Bites he explains why time isn't tensed.
Listen to Hugh Mellor on Time
Free PDF files of two of Hugh Mellor's books are available here: The Matter of Chance and Matters of Metaphysics (a collection of 16 of his papers). Both are also available as books - see below.
Posted at 11:49 AM in Metaphysics, Time | Permalink
Mellor's argument easily falls into a transcendental egoism.
Jacob Hendrickson |
February 19, 2008 at 06:07 AM
It appears that Mellor is defending a Tractatus-Logico Philosophicus view of time, (ie "there is no such thing as the passage of time.") I don't know if it is anti Heideggerian, but maybe. I do think, however, that Wittgenstein would somehow find a place for the words "past, present, and future" in our existence.
Jacob Hendrickson |
February 20, 2008 at 02:56 AM
I am a classical musician and am very aware of the manipulation of events in small scale perceptive time. I think fundamentally that things exist and are in motion. This allows for a "time" that is purely relative: time need not be a thing, but a perception. There is no need for a "flow of time" but a flow of things through space perceived in relation to other events. Those events which are periodic being the most readily impressive to humans and are thus our supposed "measure of time." I suggest that that idea that "things exist and move in space" gives rise to the same directionality of happenings as does the idea of "time's arrow" or flow.
Matthew Jones |
April 14, 2008 at 10:02 PM
July 09, 2008 at 02:56 AM
Whew! That was complicated! Very useful though!
April 12, 2011 at 04:32 AM
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