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Chance and Temporal Asymmetry$
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Alastair Wilson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673421

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673421.001.0001

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The Sharpness of the Distinction between the Past and the Future

The Sharpness of the Distinction between the Past and the Future

(p.159) 8 The Sharpness of the Distinction between the Past and the Future
Chance and Temporal Asymmetry

David Z. Albert

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Time and Chance (Albert 2000) presented a picture of temporal asymmetry according to which the difference between our capacity to influence the future and our capacity to influence the future is a matter of degree. A number of objections to this picture are addressed for the first time in this chapter. Along the way, we meet new candidates for the authentic incorrigible phenomenological essence of pastness, futureness, and presentness.

Keywords:   Past, future, present, temporal asymmetry, arrow of time, experience, phenomenology, causation, agency

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