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The Unrealities of Time

ContributorsLe Bihan, Baptisteorcid
Published inDialogue, vol. 54, no. 01, p. 25-44
Publication date2015

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.

  • Time
  • A-theory
  • B-theory
  • C-theory
  • Realism
  • McTaggart
  • Ontology
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LE BIHAN, Baptiste. The Unrealities of Time. In: Dialogue, 2015, vol. 54, n° 01, p. 25–44. doi: 10.1017/S0012217314000626
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