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Unpublished Paper
Four hours passed from 8am today until noon
NA (2017)
  • Alexander Jackson, Boise State University
Abstract
What it is for time to pass is for particular amounts of time to pass between pairs of times. For example, four hours passed from 8am today until noon. If the fundamental facts about time’s passing are all of this form, there won’t be a rate of passage that metaphysically illuminates what it is for time to pass. I explain how this resolves puzzlement about the rate of time’s passage. Then I explore an A-theory of time that incorporates this view of passage. This A-theory takes as fundamental claims of the form: four hours passed from 8am today until noon. It also takes as fundamental tensed claims of the form: at 8am today I was breakfasting. This package rejects some theoretical orthodoxies. Nevertheless, it is attractive and should be taken seriously. 
Keywords
  • passage of time,
  • rate of passage,
  • 1 second per second,
  • A-theory of time.
Disciplines
Publication Date
January, 2017
Citation Information
Alexander Jackson. "Four hours passed from 8am today until noon" NA (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alexander_jackson/22/