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What Makes Time Special?$
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Craig Callender

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797302

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198797302.001.0001

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The Problem of Time

The Problem of Time

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(p.1) 1 The Problem of Time
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What Makes Time Special?
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Craig Callender

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797302.003.0001

In early childhood we come to model the world as having a special present that carves the world up into a past, present, and future. We regard the past as fixed and the future open, and we feel that this structure updates itself, or flows. The core features of this conception of time—manifest time—appear to be virtually universal, and they pervade our language, thought, and behavior. Yet manifest time seems to conflict with time as understood by physics. This conflict worried Albert Einstein, but the philosopher Rudolph Carnap pointed toward a way forward.

Keywords:   manifest time, physical time, problem of time, universal, Einstein, Carnap, Eddington, two times

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