The Unrealities of Time

Dialogue 54 (1):25-44 (2015)
Abstract
Is time flowing? A-theorists say yes, B-theorists say no. But both take time to be real. It means that B-theorists accept that time might be real, even if lacking a property usually ascribed to it. In this paper, I want to ask what are the different properties usually ascribed to time in order to draw the list of different possible kinds of realism and anti-realism about time. As we will see, there are three main kinds of anti-realism. I will claim that if time is defined as the universe’s fourth dimension, there is no way time could be unreal.
Keywords Time  A-theory  B-theory  C-theory  Realism  McTaggart  Ontology
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DOI 10.1017/S0012217314000626
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