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Questions tagged [time]

By Einstein's definition, time is what clocks measure – but how can we define “clock” without referring to time? This tag is for such philosophical questions about the many unresolved issues concerning time. Though this includes questions about the interpretation of physical theories and concepts, if your question is about what current physics can quantitatively predict or explain, it is probably not about philosophy and therefore off-topic.

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Does the future always arrive? [closed]

Does the future always arrive? To clarify by example : can a future event and an event that occurs in the present ever be identical ?
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How is it possible for an infinite number of moments to have elapsed prior to now?

In the context of the cosmological argument: How is it possible for an infinite number of equal length moments to have elapsed prior to now? For more context . . I have read several discussions, ...
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Do naturalists think that only microscopic physical things exist?

I was reading an article on time in physics, which is meant to emerge at the macroscopic level. This is interpreted as that it does not really exist. Is that because only microscopic physical things ...
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If consciousness is an emergent property of brain state, does this mean that we can only truly exist for 1 Planck unit of time?

Suppose my self-awareness, consciousness, point of view (POV) or qualia is not a "thing in itself" but rather an intrinsic emergent property of my brain's current brain state. Then, as my brain ...
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How do B-theorists think about absences?

How do B-theorists think about absences like annihilation? A B-theorist about time says that change is not real, often due to McTaggert's argument about the unreality of time. Does a B-theorist have ...
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Is time an absolute physical quantity?

We measure a second as the time taken for some n number of cycles of the radiation that gets an atom of caesium 133 to vibrate between two energy states. Basically we have defined time, more precisely ...
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Is change the only thing constant?

Time changes, people change, circumstances change, things change. Is it a philosophical truth that everything changes?
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Should viable philosophical theories not always be consistent with science?

One of the phenomena of modern philosophy which has troubled me, particularly in the discussion of analytical metaphysics, is its almost complete disregard for established science. It's as if ...
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Why did Kant say space and time do not exist independent of us?

As far as I know, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) believed that space and time do not exist objectively, independent of us, and that they are added by our minds to our perceptions. I am eager to know what ...
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Can we assume that there are infinitely many possible states of the world at time t + 1?

I wasn't exactly sure where to post this question, so I decided that it's sufficiently philosophical in nature to warrant its being posted here. I may end up posting it on Mathematics SE as well. I'...
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causality violation

Any of you have ever analyzed causality violation: anti-arguments are obvious but I am asking for kind a strong support of this odd logic. For example: If you don't think or do something today, your ...
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Why can one not have a “fully temporally determinate universe” at the very beginning of the universe

Freya Mathews lists four metaphysical anomalies in Panpsychism as Paradigm http://www.freyamathews.net/downloads/PanpsychismParadigm.pdf. The fourth is the temporal origin of the universe. On pages ...
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Many-worlds defeats Doomsday argument (improved version)?

This is a more carefully argued version of my previous post Many-worlds Interpretation defeats the Doomsday argument? Standard Doomsday Argument Let N be the total number of humans who will ever ...
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Many-worlds Interpretation defeats the Doomsday argument?

By making the a priori assumption that we are equally likely to be anywhere along the chronological list of humans, the Doomsday argument implies that our position n is correlated with the future ...
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Origin of “Everything lasts forever” argument?

Following is an argument that because moments exists outside of time, they can't fundamentally be said to "pass", except perhaps from our perspectives. I want to know where this argument originates. ...
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Has anyone done any good work on tensed expressions and how they combine?

Has anyone done any good work on tensed expressions and how they combine? Under another name, I did ask a few questions about tense, and am clearly confused by it. and hope that an answer to this ...
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Is eternalism notion of time consistent with quantum mechanics (all of its interpretations)?

Is it consistent with quantum mechanics to think that:"We live equally in all past, present and future events" which is suggested by Einstein's relativity?
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The nature of time in a single-particle Universe

Let's imagine an infinite Universe with just a single particle in it. If there is nothing else in that Universe, there is no reference frame relative to which the particle can be considered in motion ...
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Problem with propositions about future

I have some questions about propositions of future like “tomorrow, there will be rain” or “you won’t go to school tomorrow” 1) Are there certain truth values of future propositions? For example, ...
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What does quantum physics say about B theory of time?

Does quantum physics contradict B theory of time( or any other version of eternalism)? If it contradicts, then is it possible that B theory of time( or any other version of eternalism) is still ...
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Has any philosopher stated that time and space begin in the present moment, and then become the fixed state we observe in the past? [closed]

We have a cultural bias based on the arrow of time that strongly implies a lack of free will, and a high probability of a pre-existing future. I'm interested in finding prior thinking based on the ...
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Has any philosopher ever claimed that possibility can't really be tensed?

Has any philosopher ever claimed that possibility can't really be tensed? So that whatever will be possible is possible now. I really have no idea, and would love an answer. I'll add my motive, so ...
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Can we fit non-euclidean geometry into Kant's theory?

If one assumes that the geometry of pure intuition is something other than Euclidean, how does that damage anything in the Critique? I mean can we still have a grasp of space-time both as an ...
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Can a point divide two lines? [closed]

Usually, a point is said to divide a line. So e.g. a point 3cm along a 5cm line will divide it into 2 lines, one 3cm and one 2cm. Can a point divide two lines? I'm thinking no, because the point ...
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What is the role of the a priori nature of time in intuitionism?

According to Brouwer, intuitionists abandoned Kant's apriority of space but adhered to the idea that time was a priori. This Intuitionism considers the "falling apart of moments of life into two ...
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what is the concept behind time machine? [closed]

Now we have heard time-machine and time travelling so many times but we have never found an implemented machine/way for practical use. But time-machine can never be a reality as per the following ...
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Has anyone claimed that if time were infintely divisible then events would be mind depdenent?

Has anyone claimed that if time were infinitely divisible then events would not be mind dependent? Obviously, Zeno says something like this, but presumably has been refuted anyway. Can't find anyone ...
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how do you prove the existence super natural [duplicate]

How can you prove the existence of super-natural being ?
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Is there any reason to think that time is necessarily flowing “forwards” rather than backwards, or another direction completely? [closed]

If we accept that our perception of the world and the actual objective truth of the world in itself are disjoint - that we cannot know certain (or perhaps any) truths about the world - then we ...
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Presentism: Which present?

Presentism describe how only the present exists, the future have yet to be actualised and the past has ceased to exist (except for its trace left behind in our memory at the present that allow us to ...
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What is the difference between eternalism and the B theory of time?

I've always treated eternalism and the B theory of time as largely synonymous and thought they just refer to the perspective of viewing the universe as a single static entity with "slices" or "...
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Logical proof of the existence of other dimensions

I'm new to the forum, I'm not a philosophy student, I'm an engineer of sorts. I was struck the other day by a thought after reading several unrelated posts here. Given that : 1) Infinity exists for ...
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What analogies are there for thinking about the flow of time?

What analogies are there for thinking about the flow of time? Assuming that time has the following characteristics: Only the present exists (not the past and future) The present is a fiction The ...
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How relative is time? [closed]

If you see a movie were a ship is being devastated by a massive wave it seems to take forever for the wave to hit it's top point before it starts falling again. But when I drop an icecube in my glass ...
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What is time for Bergson? And how is it different from duration?

I stumbled across references to Bergson while reading Photography, Cinema, Memory: The Crystal Image of Time. I started reading "Bergson's Conception of Duration" in The Philosophical Review to ...
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Current status of the Ontology of Time?

A few years ago (perhaps a decade) I saw a survey of philosophers that suggested that a good majority preferred the B Theory of time, while a minority preferred the A theory, and another good chunk (...
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Can a non linear perception of time be the answer to the apparent contradiction between God's Decree and human free will?

In Islamic teachings which I was brought up in, we are made to believe that everything that happens is in the Decree of God (Allah). There is a hadith (sacred text from the Prophet) which says that ...
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Does the “specious present” exhaust the time when mental life occurs?

Does the "specious present" exhaust the time when mental life occurs, or can persons etc. undergo mental events, such as a loss of consciousness, outside the specious present? I'm asking because, and ...
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Why do we still believe in time?

We all know that time as we deemt it to be doesnt exist. It is our definition of smth that may not be. That is not. We divided up a regularity into separate sections and gave it a name. The ...
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Time as a physical dimension

What is the intuition behind time being a physical dimension? I read the phrase "in cosmology terms, far away means long ago" somewhere and I got to thinking what if time is an emergent property of ...
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What did Parmenides mean when he argued that there can be no change and no time?

In the ongoing trouble with Parmenides' cryptic poem, which contains his argument against change, I finally stumbled upon an interpretation that is radically different than the usual one. It is by ...
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language and time (in “arrival”) [closed]

upon seeing the much discussed movie - arrival: how far can one stretch the sapir-whorf hypothesis? could it transcend space and take over time? could a language, however complicated, once learned ...
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Is the “speed of time” perception a quale we can share?

The perception of time seems to be a quale as every other else. Though, the unique thing about it could be that it's actually measurable. People regulate their drowsiness by objective factors like ...
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Can we know a predicate without a subject, non-propositionally? [closed]

Can we have non-propositional knowledge, for example knowledge of a predicate without a subject? I think an example would be: only this is now, which uses indexicals. I'm asking because I wonder ...
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Can we express the present tense without indexicality? [closed]

Can we express the present tense without indexicality? If so, what would that expression refer to, a present that did not chnage tense?
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Can everything that exists have no beginning or end?

Can everything that exists have no beginning? I'm not asking about religious notions (as all the other questions I saw on here seemed to be about), if there must be a God to create a universe that ...
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Is there a better answer to this argument claiming the impossibility of time extending infinitely into the past?

My friend claimed that time cannot extend infinitely into the past. He explained: "If an event A will happen in 10 years, when do you expect it to happen? In 10 years. But if event A (such as the ...
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Is there such thing as the present?

I know there are other hypotheses on time, but for this question lets go with this definition of time: The indefinite, constant, continued progress of existence. Now we have the three parts of ...
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How should we read Tractatus' proposition 6.4311?

How should we read Tractatus' proposition 6.4311? Death is not an event of life. Death is not lived through. If by eternity is understood not endless temporal duration but timelessness, then he ...
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On the ethicality of “inventing” a product you've heard of by travelling back in time and launching it there

Say Alice invents a new product and launches it. Bob has a time machine. Let's assume he can go to the past and his actions change the course of events after this moment in the past. (Very ...