On McTaggart’s Theory of Time

History of Philosophy Quarterly 27 (4):389-401 (2010)
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Abstract

J. McTaggart argues that the philosophical conception of time is constituted by the notions of fluid and static time. Since, on his view, neither notion is philosophically viable, he concludes that time is nothing but an illusion that arises from our distorted perception of essentially atemporal reality. In the paper, I argue that despite McTaggart’s failure to prove the unreality of time as such, he does succeed in establishing his lesser claim that the concept of fluid time is without any ontological import whatsoever.

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Edward Freeman
CUNY Graduate Center (PhD)

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