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Is Time Real?

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This chapter focuses on two sorts of motivations why someone might question the reality of time. The first is the recalcitrant puzzle of what real existents, or real characteristics or features of real existents, our temporal concepts and predicates could actually denote. The second is the seeming incoherence of certain ways in which we think about time. Two major subtopics to explicating the first motivation are the suitability or congruence of our temporal concepts to what they putatively denote in the first place, and the (general) character and relevance to the question of time's reality of supposing in effect that time is real but it resides or comes from within us. The second motivation focuses on the especially central role which pastness (or, the past) and futurity (or, the future) play in our thinking about time.

Keywords: incoherence; reality; recalcitrant puzzle; time



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