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TimeLanguage, Cognition, and Reality$
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Kasia M. Jaszczolt and Louis de Saussure

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589876.001.0001

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Experience, thought, and the metaphysics of time

Experience, thought, and the metaphysics of time

(p.156) (p.157) 7 Experience, thought, and the metaphysics of time

Simon Prosser

Oxford University Press

The debate in metaphysics between the A-theory and B-theory of time interacts in interesting ways with debates over the nature of temporal experience and the semantics of temporal thought and language. In this chapter I describe some aspects on this interaction, focusing especially on an argument against the possibility of perceiving the passage of time, and the project that faces the B-theorist (who denies that time passes) in explaining the features of language, thought and experience that have made the A-theory appear to be the common sense view.

Keywords:   A-theory, B-theory, passage of time, experience, thought, language, indexical

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