Aristotelian Temporal Passage

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Spring 2005


The central challenge for the temporal realist is providing a coherent analysis of temporal passage, the apparent 'flow' of time from earlier to later. I show here how the account of time Aristotle presents in Physics IV could serve as a basis for just such an analysis, for his view is immune to the standard stock of objections leveled by twentieth century philosophers. And although his account is itself subject to a damning objection, I believe that the troublemaking element might be supplanted by alternative views suited to fulfill the requisite theoretical role. I conclude that, subject to such revision, an Aristotelian conception of time looks to be the leading candidate.

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