A Token-based Semantic Analysis of McTaggart's Paradox

Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations 10:107-124 (2011)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In his famous argument for the unreality of time, McTaggart claims that i) being past, being present, and being future are incompatible properties of an event, yet ii) every event admits all these three properties. In this paper, I examine two key concepts involved in the formulation of i) and ii), namely that of “validity” and that of “contradiction”, and for each concept I distinguish a static version and a dynamic version of it. I then arrive at three different ways of formulating McTaggart’s claims that avoid the notorious McTaggart’s Paradox. So long as we demand that McTaggart make clear use/mention and token/type distinctions in his claims, we shall find that it is indeed very difficult for him to get a genuine contradiction from i) and ii).

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,122

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

McTaggart on Time.David H. Sanford - 1968 - Philosophy 43 (166):371 - 378.
The pervasive paradox of tense.Heather Dyke - 2001 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 62 (1):103-124.
Farewell to McTaggart’s Argument?Michael Tooley - 2010 - Philosophia 38 (2):243-255.
Mctaggart's argument.Denis Corish - 2005 - Philosophy 80 (1):77-99.
The reality of now.William Seager - 1999 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 13 (1):69 – 82.
McTaggart and indexing the copula.Bradley Rettler - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 158 (3):431-434.
Time for presence?Jonathan Tallant - 2010 - Philosophia 38 (2):271-280.
Mc Taggart and the Truth about Time.Heather Dyke - 2002 - In Craig Callender (ed.), Time, Reality and Experience. Cambridge University Press. pp. 137-.

Analytics

Added to PP
2011-07-20

Downloads
71 (#217,142)

6 months
4 (#477,225)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Cheng-Chih Tsai
Mackay Medical College

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references