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16. Th E True

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This chapter attends to truth, the first family of those guidelines, and explores its relation to time. It explains three examples that appeal to the notion of truth. A survey of the cognates of the word “truth” in several languages suggests that, when people speak about truth, they mean recognition of permanence in the phenomenal world. Permanence, in its ordinary sense, signifies a condition of unchanging continuity. However, there are a number of approximations or correspondences to the idea of permanence, appropriate to the different complexities of physical, biological and social processes. The chapter proposes an understanding of reality, appropriate to the natural philosophy of time. It examines the class of principles in the natural philosophy of time known as the theory of time as conflict or, by another name, the hierarchical theory of time.

Keywords: hierarchical theory of time; natural philosophy of time; recognition of permanence; social processes



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