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The Passage of Time

Noonan, Harold W.

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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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 25, 2015
Journal Metaphysica
Print ISSN 1437-2053
Electronic ISSN 1874-6373
Publisher De Gruyter
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Noonan, H. W. (2015). The Passage of Time. Metaphysica, 16(1), https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2015-0006
DOI https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2015-0006
Keywords Time; Passage; Rate; B-theory; Flow
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.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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