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Mc Taggart and the Truth about Time


McTaggart famously argued that time is unreal. Today, almost no one agrees with his conclusion.1 But his argument remains the locus classicus for both the A–theory and the B-theory of time. I want to show how McTaggart's argument provided the impetus for both of these opposing views of the nature of time. I will also present and defend what I take to be the correct view of the nature of time.

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W. L. Craig 1998. ‘McTaggart's Paradox and the Problem of Temporary Intrinsics’, Analysis 58, 122–27.

M. Dummett 1960. ‘A Defense of McTaggart's Proof of the Unreality of Time’, Philosophical Review 69, 497504.

Q. Smith Language and Time, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993)

T. L. S. Sprigge 1992. ‘The Unreality of Time’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92, 119.

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Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements
  • ISSN: 1358-2461
  • EISSN: 1755-3555
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