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The Nature of Time

Ulrich Meyer


The theory of relativity convinced many philosophers that space and time are fundamentally alike, and that they are mere aspects of a more fundamental space-time. The Nature of Time argues against this consensus view. Instead of a “spatial” account of time that treats instants like positions in space, it presents the first comprehensive defense of a “modal” account that emphasizes the similarities between times and the possible worlds in modal logic. Modal accounts of time are naturally cast in terms of a tense logic that accounts for temporal distinctions in terms of primitive tense operators ... More

Keywords: Time, tense logic, present, relativity theory, space-time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199599332
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599332.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ulrich Meyer, author
Colgate University, NY