Times as Abstractions

In Adrian Bardon (ed.), The Future of the Philosophy of Time. Routledge. pp. 41--55 (2011)

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Ulrich Meyer
Colgate University
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Instead of accepting instants of time as metaphysically basic entities, many philosophers regard them as abstractions from something else. There is the Russell-Whitehead view that times are maximal classes of simultaneous events; the linguistic ersatzer's proposal that times are maximally consistent sets of sentences or propositions; and the view that times are made up of temporal parts of material objects. This paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of these various proposals and concludes in favor of a particular version of linguistic ersatzism about time.
Keywords Instants of Time  Relationism about Time  Tense logic  Linguistic ersatzism
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