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Time as Motion

Emiliano Boccardi
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Published Online: 2018-03-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2018-0015


The arena of the philosophy of time has been largely concerned with deciding whether tense distinctions reflect absolute metaphysical distinctions or not. After bringing the debate over the metaphysical status of instantaneous velocity to bear on the debate over the nature of temporal passage, I argue that we should further investigate whether aspectual distinctions reflect objective and absolute metaphysical distinctions too. I conclude that those who think that being realist about tense uniquely makes room for the idea that time passes should be realist about the progressive too.

Keywords: passage of time; intrinsic velocity; motion; tense realism; A-theory of time; calculus; progressive aspect


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Published Online: 2018-03-16

Published in Print: 2018-03-26

Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 19, Issue 1, Pages 157–183, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2018-0015.

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