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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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Philosophy - Does Einstein's Block Universe theory prove Nietzsche's Eternal Return theory is true?

If the Past, Present, and Future all exist in exactly the same way, then every single moment would be a ‘Now’ moment for me. it would also mean that me being dead in the future is equally real in the ...
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Time travel and changing the past

Many philosophers argue that time travel is possible without causally affecting the past? Is it even possible to time travel without causally affecting the past. The grandfather paradox is an ...
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What's the difference between infinite divisibility and infinte extension?

I understand that most people would say that time, such as the time it takes to write this question, is infinitely divisible. But I'm guessing it's unusual to suppose that makes it infinitely extended,...
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Grandfather Paradox and Can vs Cannot

Varanas and Vihvelin provide responses to David Lewis' 'Can vs Cannot' discussion. Have there been any appropriate counterresponses to these?
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Philosophy - Is Nietzsche's Eternal Return theory true?

Is Nietzsche's Eternal Return theory true? I am extremely worried that it is because of the very likely fact that Einstein's Block Universe theory is true, and what renders Einstein's Block Universe ...
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Can dasein repeat without a time

Can dasein repeat without a time or is dasein necessarily in time. I recall that dasein is structured by care, but not if that always involves times
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Can an eternalist think that pastness and futureness are properties?

I take an eternalist to be someone who believes there are no past/future things, it all exists "at once". I understand the position as it applies to concrete objects, but I am not so clear on what the ...
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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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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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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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Does the “Temporal” determinateness apply to both temporal and non-temporal entities?

Heidegger wrote in Being and Time that: In both pre-philosophical and philosophical usage the expression 'termporal' has been pre-empted by the signification we have cited; in the following ...
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Perception and Time

How is the subject of 'Time' portrayed? Is the record of human awareness and understanding of 'Time' better articulated by the history of Philosophy or better expressed by the history of Art? In ...
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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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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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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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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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Is the cosmological principle empircally compativle with the concept of relativity?

OK...before everyone blasts this with references to the relativistic invariance of the physical laws, time dilation, etc let me add some context. Also, I am an amateur with an interest in physics, so ...
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Theories to suggest that there exists only one version of history

How do we know that the past is fixed and that there only exists one version of history? Are there any interesting arguments surrounding this?
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Can phenomenologists believe in future mathematical instants?

Can phenomenologists believe in future mathematical instants? I'm a little confused about how that philosophy is meant to work. I don't think I'm acquainted with the future as opposed to the ...
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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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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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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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A series and B series of time

I'm still fishing for help I guess with the unreality of time. A theorists are said to think that the A series is not reducible to the B. Are there different forms this rejection of reductionism ...