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The definition of a possible world

I have a two-part question about the definition of a possible world. I will make the assumption that time is tensed. First of all, is a possible world a complete list of all propositions that are ...
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Derrida and 'time is out of joint'

What is the deal with Derrida and the notion of time? Why is Derrida so obsessed with time and the famous phrase from Hamlet, "time is out of joint."? I am reading Spectres of Marx, and am unable to ...
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Has there been any work in the semiotics of clocks?

I am interested in finding research on three semiotics of time our time telling our clocks. While I have many books handy on semiotics, none treat the topic of time's but I must bee missing something, ...
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Do the future and the past exist?

It is not very odd in spiritual teachings to deny the existence of the future and the past, there is only 'now'. But are there philosophers who also denied the existence of the future and past? It ...
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A discrete time: impact on philosophical aspects

Time is a major topic in philosophy. I wonder if there are philosophical works that have digged into the possibilities and impacts of discrete time instants. Present theories in physics suggest that ...
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What proof do we have that time is moving forward?

We mark the progress of time by a thin line between past memories and no memories (the future). If time is actually flowing backwards or even standing still we would not know it. If memories are ...
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Why does a formal language not need to specify time interval to be interpreted? [closed]

I am reading a book about history of mathematics, and it inspired to think about that formal languages do not need to specify time to transfer a message. I am thinking about DNA as a formal language, ...
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Why do we confine ourselves to static ‘thing’ logic when we are dealing formally with time, which is dynamic?

All ‘temporal’ logic statements are expressed in solely static terms that can be compared to static reference phrases or related to the number line and evaluated with arithmetic. For example, ...
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What is the sense of primitive expressions?

According to The B Theory, there are no genuine, unanalyzable A properties, and all talk that appears to be about A properties is really reducible to talk about B relations. Does this B ...
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A form of Presentism [closed]

I don't know much about philosophical terms or movements, so I am curious as to whether there is a movement or term for non-conditional decision making. That isn't a formal term that I used above and ...
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Does a discussion of McTaggert's B series appear in continental philosophy?

I have thought about it, in my own terms, long enough to think that there's no A series. But maybe this can inspire me to something more interesting, less analytic. Do any continental philosophers ...
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What is the Anti-Realist and Constructivist interpretation of empirical dating methods?

I'm fairly interested in the realism, anti-realism debate and would like to hear, if possible by an anti-realist or constructivist, how dating methods fit into their world view. As a realist, dating ...
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Can anyone explain what do they mean by, 'The past is just a story we tell ourselves'? [closed]

Even if we keep repeating our past to ourselves, still it is not just a story, I think so. It is something that happened to us, the experience is not a story.
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Senses without phenomenology: are they quales?

Can there be sense experience without phenomenological existence, in the Husserlian sense of the things themselves being given to consciousness? Are they like something? Just as the smell of mint has ...
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Is taking a drug that makes us mentally go back in time and simulate our life in sleep the same as doing it “physically”? [closed]

Imagine if you had done something really bad in the past which had caused you suffering in the present. You really want to go back in time and change it. Unfortunately, at the moment, it's impossible ...
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Does McTaggert say “the past that exists now won't always be the past”?

Does McTaggert or anyone say this about the A series? Would it be nonsense to do so? The past exists now [because now is the end of the past] but no time always exists now: so the past that exists ...
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Does the Big bang imply Absolute time? [closed]

The Big bang was conceived after an empirical discovery made a few decades later than Einstein's theorizing of Special relativity. All our physical space appears to have expanded from singular point, ...
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Does the mind only conceive of one object at a time?

Is there a way to determine if the mind conceives of only one object at a time? This is not to say that the mind only perceives of one thing at a time, but rather that it can think of only one thing ...
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Is the B-theory of time compatible with libertarian free will?

As I understand the B-theory of time it says that we can talk about things happening in time just by using tenseless sentences — which for me implies that the past, present and future are equally ...
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Are the past, present and future real aspects of reality?

Are the past, present and future real aspects of reality? Or are they just features of our experience of time? In other words, is there no more to time and space than the temporal and spatial ...
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What aspects of the problem of induction are simplified if you employ the B-theory of time?

What aspects of the problem of induction are simplified if you consider the problem using the B-theory of time? A rough idea why this might be relevant: First consider an urn with a finite number of ...
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How do perdurantism and endurantism differ in their approach to the Ship of Theseus?

I'm having trouble understanding the exact viewpoints of perdurantism, and endurantism. I understand that perdurantists believe in temporal parts, and endurantists believe in only spacial parts, but I ...
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Thin conceptions of time

WIkipedia says: In philosophy, a thick concept (sometimes: thick normative concept, or thick evaluative concept) is a kind of concept that both has a significant degree of descriptive content ...
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Is there a theory of time consistent with Heraclitus?

Heraclitus is recorded as saying: Upon those who step into the same river, different and again different waters flow (Arius Didymus, Dox. Gr.) It is not possible to step twice into the same ...
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How does time flow in presentism?

In Presentism, where only the present exists; the past and future do not - how then does time 'flow'? To 'flow' requires a motion; for example, in the standard physical presentation of a moving ...
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Events without a time after them

It is possible to say what time it is for someone (it's 1 AM here): so why can't we construct a B series for them? Is it reasonable to do so, and what would the word for the series be? There is no ...
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Time and space – a subject of metaphysics?

The entry metaphysics from SEP (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) also deals with space and time, see chapter 3.2. I am not convinced that metaphysics does contribute with any new insight to the ...
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What ethical problems might be involved in time travel?

Has anyone addressed the ethics of time travel? Time travel looks like a gold mine for moral dilemmas, but I don't know of anyone who addresses these issues. For example: Am I morally obligated to ...
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What are conceptions of time and space? [closed]

EDITED: First of all i make clear what i need to know. There may be too many theories about time, space and their relations. What i want to know: Is there some conceptions that are taken as MAIN ...
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Taking now seriously (rather than tense) [closed]

McTaggert says time includes an "irreducible" A series, of the past present and future flowing on like we're used to. I think he says that the A series cannot exist so time isn't real. McTaggart ...
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Does the essentially Western concept of causality form a philosophical dialectic with the Jungian concept of synchronicity?

At least since the outbreak of the Industrial Revolution, Western Thinking has seen the universe organized along the line of cause and effect, so that, since the Big Bang, the universe has, ...
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Must time flow?

In Newtons Principia he wrote: Absolute, true and mathematical time, of itself, and from its own nature flows equably without regard to anything external, and by another name is called duration. ...
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Does the existence of time dilation effects imply presentism?

I apologize in advance for the wording. Human languages - and most especially English, or so it seems - are not very good with time. If you understand what I've written but can think of a better way ...
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Is it possible for two instantaneous events, one predicated on the other, to happen at the exact same time?

As the title states lets say there are two events, one is essentially the product/result of the other. Both events are absolutely instantaneous. Could these events occur at the exact same time?
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Does every interval that ends end with an instant

Instants are usually said to be the infinitely small units of time which end an interval. I think that these infinitesimals do away with the paradox of motion etc. But for those who do ascribe to ...
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Is Hawking channeling Kant in his explanation of how the arrow of time works?

In "A Brief History of Time" - Chapter 9, Stephen Hawking gives an explanation of how the arrow of time works, i.e. why time seems to move forward in one direction while space can go in different ...
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Has Derek Parfit been working on time since 2011?

The New Yorker published a portrait of Derek Parfit in 2011, which included this outlook: The first paper Parfit wrote after he began to study philosophy was on the metaphysics of time. Now this ...
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Not keeping A times and B times separate [closed]

SEP says that B times are tenseless qualities like "being two days earlier than". A times, on the other hand, are "two days in the future", "present", and so on. Surely I can call a time along the B ...
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Do all events end

This thread included a request: "can you give an example of an event that doesn't end". Must all events end?
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McTaggart's infinite regress

McTaggart argues that the A series (a series of events being past, present, and future) is contradictory because an event cannot be past, present, and future, yet any event in the A series will be all ...
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Does limited time constitute maximum effort?

Have there been any philosophers who have emphasized or spoken about/around any of the following ideas? The idea that our limited time on Earth does/doesn't constitute a responsibility to 'make best ...
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Is Time? (more than just a memory of a series of events?) [closed]

Tl:Dr: Is time really something that can be traversed or manipulated, or is it just an idea, a perception, a memory, a measurement of a series of events? Question Detail: In response to a ...
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New Year's concept [closed]

How does the New Year's concept works? I mean, is it necessary for the masses or can we live without it? Assume that the Earth takes a billion years instead of one year to go all around the Sun. Then ...
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Is time neccessarily excluded from mathematical platonism?

That time is unreal has been an observation of objective physics since Newtons time, and more paramountly since Einstein; and its most outspoken partisan, now, is Julian Barbour. Its also been argued ...
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The thermodynamic arrow of time and information asymmetry

Its an obvious observation that we know the past, and in an idealised situation we could know all of the past; however we can never know the future, empirically or in any idealised situation: it has ...
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Did time begin? [duplicate]

I'm still circling around this quasi belief that ends and beginnings are somehow problematic. Suppose that physicists or philosophers could show that we cannot know when time begins. Would that mean ...
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Does information paradox in the Many Worlds interpretation cause a problem?

I'm taking a philosophy of time travel class. In one of the lectures, the teacher was discussing problems with the Many Worlds interpretation. He talked about how since anything that can possibly ...
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Passage of time on a superluminal vessel [closed]

Physics SE and Space Exploration SE thought this was off-topic for them, so I'm trying it here. Sorry if I'm doing it wrong. As I understand, within an event horizon, spacetime gets rotated so that ...
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My thoughts on time [closed]

I'm not sure if this belongs here or the physics section but I'd like to hear your opinion on this. I've recently thought about time and what it actually is, and I'm battling between two arguments: ...
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Can we doubt that we are conscious? That we are not dead?

Sorry for the splurge of questions... Obviously Descartes would suggest that we can't doubt that we think, cos doubt is a cognitive attitude. But is it one that occurs when we think it does, i.e. can ...