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An error in temporal error theory

Tallant, Jonathan



Within the philosophy of time there has been a growing interest in positions that deny the reality of time. Those positions, whether motivated by arguments from physics or metaphysics, have a shared conclusion: time is not real. What has not been made wholly clear, however, is exactly what it entails to deny the reality of time. Time is unreal, sure. But what does that mean?

There has (within the recent literature) been only one sustained attempt to spell out exactly what it would mean to endorse a (so-called) temporal error theory; a theory that denies the reality of time—Baron & Miller’s ‘What is temporal error theory?’. Despite the fact that their paper makes significant strides in spelling out what would be required of a temporal error theory, my claim in this paper is that their position must be rejected and replaced. As well as looking to reject Baron and Miller’s position, I also look to provide that replacement.


Tallant, J. (2018). An error in temporal error theory. Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 4(1), 14-32.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 12, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 6, 2018
Publication Date Sep 6, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 6, 2018
Journal Journal of the American Philosophical Association
Print ISSN 2053-4477
Electronic ISSN 2053-4485
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 14-32
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Additional Information © Cambridge University Press 2018


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