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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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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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 time: ...
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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 ...
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Can something sensible be said about a world of complete nothingness?

One thought that keeps me up at night is when I start to think about the world "before" the universe existed and "beyond" the universe itself. I know that it doesn't really make sense to speak about "...
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What is the relation between Spirit and Time in Hegel?

Martin Heidegger in his Being and Time criticized the connection between Spirit and Time proposed by Hegel saying that: Hegel shows the possibility of the historical actualization of spirit "in ...
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Could a B-theory God know what time it is now?

Could God on the B-theory account where God exists outside of time know what time it is for us now? Even if you say time doesn't exist for us, and it's just an illusion, still God would presumably ...
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Is it possible for God to exist outside of time?

A common idea of God is that he exists outside of time. Does this make sense? Here are some objects. Do any of them work? Impossibility of immutability: If God exists outside of time, then by ...
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How to understand the atemporal (dahri) world in Mir Damad's philosophy of time?

Safavid philosopher Mir Damad distinguishes between three kinds of 'worlds': Sarmadi is the eternal world, the space for God. Zamani is the temporal world, the space for created things like humans. ...
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If Time Doesn't Exist, Does God?

If time doesn't exist (this Wikipedia page and this SEP article provide some arguments for the non-existence of time), does that mean God doesn't? Given that it is impossible for God to exist ...
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Can time be nothing and I mean that literally? [closed]

Bear with me. I was thinking of how to represent the empty space between particles in a dimensional sense. Empty space has no point of reference so it can not be represented 3D. But apply time to it ...
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Is it a fallacy to argue or morally judge by treating earlier and later times as if in the same present?

I often use the made-up term "time-travel fallacy" to describe certain poor arguments. I'm wondering two main things: is this an already existing concept, and I just don't know the right name? is it ...
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Change Without Time

I came across this comment: You won't understand this answer, but here we go: Time and space are intrinsically connected. You cannot have one without the other. Before the Big Bang there was no ...
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What does the “essence of time” mean for Merleau-Ponty?

“it is of the essence of time to be not only actual time, or time which flows, but also time which is aware of itself … the archetype of the relationship of self to self” What does he mean by '...
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Eternalism - Is it possible that something measured only with a circle can be a block?

A clock is round. A circle has no beginning and no end. Round is shaped like or approximately like a circle or cylinder. A cycle is a series of events that are regularly repeated in the ...
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Does anyone claim that absolute or in itself value (in Kant's senses) must be about something which exists?

Do these sorts of value depend on the valuable thing existing? I'm asking just because I'm suspicious of valuable things which do not always exist, and want to (eventually) find the terminology for ...
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Looking at Descartes, does the temporality of consciousness justify doubt in it?

Let's look again at Descartes' cogito argument: “let him [the deceiving demon] deceive me as much as he can, he will never bring it about that I am nothing so long as I think that I am something. ...
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What does Heidegger mean by saying that Bergson's concept of time is essentially spatial?

In Being and Time, Heidegger writes: This task as a whole requires that the concept of time thus gained be distinguished from the common understanding of it. The latter has become explicit in an ...
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Can time theoretically be changed by altering physical characteristics?

Is time a factor that can be altered by altering the physical properties that helped contribute to the concept of time?
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Is Time just an idea?

All the things we perceive undergo changes as time goes by. Even if we didn't do anything, Time does 'its work'. For communication we use this word as an idea. If 'Time' were an idea it couldn't ...
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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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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 theorist, ...
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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 Constructionist interpretation of empirical dating methods and existence of the past?

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 real....
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Are time and space just containers or are they autonomous physical objects?

Are the past, present and future real aspects of reality or are they just features of our experience of time? Is there no more to time and space than the temporal and spatial relations which hold ...
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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 ...