Why time is extensive

Mind 93 (370):265-270 (1984)
I attempt to show, via considering Schlesinger’s device of putting the word ‘now’ in capitals, that the transient view of time can explicate temporal extensivity without presupposing it, and the static view can’t. The argument hinges on the point that duration is generated by continuance of the present—such that ‘the present’ here is used in a nontechnical, nonindexical, and nonreflexive sense, which Schlesinger and others unknowingly give to the word ‘now’ (by “NOW” or “Now” or “’now’”).
Keywords extensivity  duration  continuity  transitory aspect of time  relational theory of time  token-reflexivity  indexicals  Bertrand Russell  George Schlesinger
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DOI 10.1093/mind/XCIII.370.265
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