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SupposeWhereby I assume a line segment of fixed length is uncontroversially finite. If we take a line segment that is increasing in length over time; does it really make sense to say the segment is finite in length? We may be able to say it was such and such a length at such and such a time in the past or in the future, but we would be unable to say what the length of the segment is now, for any utterance of its length almost immediately becomes incorrect as another interval of time passes.

Suppose we take a line segment that is increasing in length over time; does it really make sense to say the segment is finite in length? We may be able to say it was such and such a length at such and such a time in the past or in the future, but we would be unable to say what the length of the segment is now, for any utterance of its length almost immediately becomes incorrect as another interval of time passes.

Whereby I assume a line segment of fixed length is uncontroversially finite. If we take a line segment that is increasing in length over time; does it really make sense to say the segment is finite in length? We may be able to say it was such and such a length at such and such a time in the past or in the future, but we would be unable to say what the length of the segment is now, for any utterance of its length immediately becomes incorrect as another interval of time passes.

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Does it make sense to say an expanding line segment is finite?

Suppose we take a line segment that is increasing in length over time; does it really make sense to say the segment is finite in length? We may be able to say it was such and such a length at such and such a time in the past or in the future, but we would be unable to say what the length of the segment is now, for any utterance of its length almost immediately becomes incorrect as another interval of time passes.