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The Passage of Time

Noonan, Harold W.

Authors

HAROLD NOONAN harold.noonan@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Mind and Cognition



Abstract

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.

Citation

Noonan, H. W. (2015). The Passage of Time. Metaphysica, 16(1), https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2015-0006

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2015
Online Publication Date May 2, 2015
Publication Date May 25, 2015
Deposit Date Jul 3, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 3, 2018
Journal Metaphysica
Print ISSN 1437-2053
Electronic ISSN 1874-6373
Publisher De Gruyter
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2015-0006
Keywords Time; Passage; Rate; B-theory; Flow
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52736
Publisher URL https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/mp.2015.16.issue-1/mp-2015-0006/mp-2015-0006.xml
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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