Manuscrito 40 (1):43-65 (2017)

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M. Oreste Fiocco
University of California, Irvine
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In this paper, I answer the question of what time is. First, however, I consider why one might ask this question and what exactly it is asking. The latter consideration reveals that in order to answer the question, one must first engage in a more basic investigation of what a thing, anything at all, is. Such radical investigation requires a special methodology. After briefly characterizing this methodology, I show how it can be employed to answer the titular question. This answer is significant not merely because it illuminates something of perennial interest, but because it is essential to a comprehensive and fully satisfactory metaphysics of time and, hence, to a view of the full structure in reality.
Keywords Time  Ontology  Change  Methodology in Metaphysics
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DOI 10.1590/0100-6045.2017.v40n1.mf
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