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Eleaticism, Temporality, And Time

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The distinction between time and temporality may, however, extend to certain particular concepts and also to certain more general temporal notions as well. This chapter examines the suggestion that we ask, not ?what could our temporal concepts, or predicates, in reality denote?', but ?what renders our universe a temporal universe (rather than an atemporal one)?' It examines contemporary scientific Eleaticism's pretense to account for the reality of time, especially as it attempts to designate a physical counterpart or manifestation of the so-called "arrow of time" - roughly, the notion that time is uni-directional and irreversible. This notion will itself be clarified by examining also the distinction between linear time and cyclical time. Finally, this chapter explains further the contrast just alleged between (contemporary) scientific Eleaticism and traditional (philosophical) Eleaticism, and in so doing also the crucial distinction between static and dynamic approaches to time.

Keywords: dynamic approaches; Eleaticism; static approaches; temporality; time



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