The passage of time

Noonan, Harold W. (2015) The passage of time. Metaphysica, 16 (1). pp. 97-102. ISSN 1874-6373

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Eric Olson argues that the dynamic view of time must be false. It requires that the question ‘How fast does time pass?’ has an answer. But its only possible answer, one second per second, is not an answer. I argue that Olson has failed to identify what is wrong with talk of time’s passage. Then I argue that, nonetheless, he is right to reject it. To say that time passes is analogous to saying that space is dense, and to ask about the rate of time’s passage is analogous to asking how dense space is. Since the questions are on a par the dynamic view of time, which requires that they are not, is mistaken.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Time; Passage; Rate; B-theory; Flow
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 09:59
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:08

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