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Question posted on April 4, 2014; no responses
I was wondering if someone has read Michael Dummett's "Bringing About the Past" and actually understood his arguments. I am not a newbie to philosophy, but I thought this article was quite hard to grasp. I was first presented to...
Time Show

Question posted on November 14, 2013; 1 response
I don't think time exists. I think we have existence and being, we have contingent beings that are mutable and contingent items such as rocks that wear down but time has no impact on either. Time is just a concept...
Time Show

Question posted on December 20, 2012; 1 response
Since nothing could change without some kind of movement, and time would not be perceivable without some kind of change, why isn't time fundamentally motion. Likewise, since space would not be perceivable without some sort of motion,...
Space, Time Show

Question posted on November 8, 2012; 1 response
I was recently speaking with someone who had an argument about whether time exists or not. Time Dilation is often put forward as proof that time exists and that it is not merely a figment of imagination of mankind. But...
Time Show

Question posted on November 8, 2012; 1 response
What is time? My friend and I are having an argument about the nature of time. If I understand her position correctly my friend believes that time is simply an artefact of changes in the universe, or that change is...
Time Show

Question posted on September 22, 2012; 1 response
I'm confused by the saying "God transcends time" . To me it seems time is change ( thoughts, actions , and any other form of change ) So transcending time doesn't make any sense as you would need to change...
Religion, Time Show

Question posted on July 19, 2012; 1 response
Seeing that most languages require that sentences to have tense, can we actually have any progress discussing time? I mean every sentence by its structure already assumes a understanding of time , how do we ever transcend the bounds of...
Language, Time Show

Question posted on January 3, 2012; 1 response
Some people say that time only began when the universe began. I think that is because they equate time with movement. I disagree. I think that time is measured by movement but it isn't movement per se. I think that...
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Question posted on October 20, 2011; 1 response
It is said that even a broken clock is right twice a day. But can we actually say that a broken clock correctly tells the time twice a day? Wouldn't that require the clock, in some way, accomplishing some process that...
Time Show

Question posted on September 29, 2011; 1 response
Is the concept of backward causation coherent and is it really taken seriously by philosophers? I doubt whether any scientist would accept the idea and I would like to know what you think. ...
Science, Time Show

Question posted on August 11, 2011; 1 response
When people claim that in "non-Western cultures, time is cyclical rather than linear", what do they mean by this? Is this nothing more than another way of stating the truism that history repeats itself? It seems that even...
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Question posted on August 4, 2011; 1 response
Are historical facts always true, throughout time? Consider the fact that Barack Obama is the forty-fourth president of the United States of America. Was it true two hundred years ago? If someone in the nineteenth century had said "Barack...
Time, Truth Show

Question posted on July 21, 2011; 1 response
I asked this question of a physicist and he told me to ask a philosopher. If one was to observe a closed, isolated region of space under vacuum conditions, i.e. there are no particles in this region and none...
Time Show

Question posted on July 3, 2011; 2 responses
If time is infinite does this give us any hope for life after death? After all if time is infinite, it is inevitable that all the cells in my body (my DNA etc) will be reconstructed in some far off...
Death, Time Show

Question posted on May 12, 2011; 2 responses
Why are philosophers concerned with the nature of time? Isn't this a scientific subject?...
Time Show

Question posted on April 14, 2011; 2 responses
Generally we suppose that if there is any time lapse between event A and a subsequent event B, A cannot be the cause of B. But what if time were continuous, such that between any times t1 and t2, we...
Time Show

Question posted on November 24, 2010; 1 response
People are often amazed that we exist. For example, I have heard on numerous occasions people say something like: "How crazy is it that atoms have aligned in a particular way to produce you and I, in the circumstances that...
Existence, Time Show

Question posted on October 19, 2010; 1 response
Was Zeno unfair toward Achilles in his paradox? Last week I was reading the Croatian edition of Bryan Magee’s “The Story of Philosophy” and he reminded me of Zeno’s famous “Achilles and the tortoise” paradox. Here is how the paradox goes (taken...
Space, Time Show

Question posted on August 24, 2010; 1 response
When I was a child, I wanted to know what forever was. I would sit and concentrate -- think and think and THINK -- until finally I felt what may have been a glimpse into something infinite. It was jarring,...
Mind, Time Show

Question posted on August 19, 2010; 1 response
My question has to do with the idea of God’s omniscience and whether God as an omniscient being could somehow exist in time. It seems hard to imagine how any sentient being could exist knowing exactly what will happen to...
Religion, Time Show




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