What "becomes" in temporal becoming?

American Philosophical Quarterly 46 (3):249-265 (2009)
Aristotle begins his famous discussion of <span class='Hi'>time</span> in Book Δ of The Physics by asking whether <span class='Hi'>time</span> belongs to “the things that exist.” In this paper I argue that Aristotle’s apparently ambiguous answer to this question holds one of the keys to clarifying contemporary philosophy of <span class='Hi'>time</span>. First, I argue that the metaphysical and meta-philosophical presuppositions underlying most philosophy of <span class='Hi'>time</span> are deeply flawed. Second, that Aristotle provides us with a much more plausible alternative set of presuppositions about the nature of <span class='Hi'>time</span>. The Aristotelian conception of <span class='Hi'>time</span> as part of the subject matter of physics or “the philosophy of nature” is particularly illuminating. Finally, I examine several issues about the nature and reality of <span class='Hi'>time</span> often raised in the context of contemporary physics and show how the Aristotelian perspective can resolve those puzzles.
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