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References and Further Reading 1. Introduction The word "time" has several meanings. It can mean the duration between events, as when we say the trip from home to work took too much time because of all the traffic.
It can mean, instead, the temporal location of an event, as when we say he arrived at the time they specified. It also can mean the temporal structure of events, as when we speak of investigting time rather than space.
This article uses the word in all these senses. Philosophers of time would like to resolve as many issues as they can from the list of philosophical issues mentioned in the opening summary.
Some issues are intimately related to others so that it is reasonable to expect a resolution of one to have deep implications for another.
For example, there is an important subset of related philosophical issues about time that cause many philosophers of time to divide into two broad camps, the A-camp and the B-camp, because they are on the opposite sides of most of those issues. All the following ideas will be explained in more detail later; but members of the A-camp often say that McTaggart's A-theory is the fundamental way to view time; past events are always changing as they move farther into the past; the now is objectively real; so is time's flow ; ontologically we should accept either presentism or the growing-past theory; predictions are not true or false at the time they are uttered; tensed facts are ontologically fundamental rather than untensed facts; the ontologically fundamental objects are 3-dimensional, not 4-dimensional; and at least some A-predicates are not semantically reducible to B-predicates without loss of meaning.
Persons are considered members of the A-camp if they accept a majority of the above claims. Members of the B-camp reject most of the claims of the A-camp and accept the majority of the following claims. McTaggart's B-theory is the fundamental way to view time; events never undergo real change; the now is not objectively real and neither is time's flow; ontologically we should accept eternalism and the block-universe theory ; predictions are true or false at the time they are uttered; untensed facts are more fundamental than tensed facts; the fundamental objects are four-dimensionalnot three-dimensional; and A-predicates are reducible to B-predicates or at least the truth conditions of sentences using A-predicates can be adequately explained in terms of the truth conditions of sentences using B-predicates.
This article provides an introduction to the philosophical controversy between the A and B camps, as well as an introduction to other issues about time, for example the philosophical issue of the controversy about how to properly understand the relationship between the manifest image of time and the scientific image of time.
This is the relationship between time as it is ordinarily and informally understood and time as it is understood within fundamental physical science, namely physics. The manifest image is a collection of commonsense beliefs, and it is an important part of our implicit model of the world.
It is not precisely definable, and experts disagree about whether this or that is part of the image, but it contains the following beliefs about time.
The world was not created five minutes ago. Every event has a unique duration which can be assigned a measure such as its lasting so many seconds. Unlike space, time has a direction. Time is continuous; it is analog and not digital. Given any two events, they have some objective order such as one happening before the other, or their being simultaneous.
Time flows like a river, and we directly experience the flow. There is a present that is objective, that everyone shares, and that divides everyone's past from their future.
Past events are real in the way that future events are not. Time is independent of the presence or motion of matter. The future is "open" and does not exist. No event could occur both earlier and later than itself.
The earlier items on this list are common to both images, but the later items are not features of the scientific image because they conflict with science or are ignored by science.
The terms manifest image and scientific image were coined by Wilfrid Sellars in As the body of scientific knowledge changes, the scientific image of time can change, but the manifest image doesn't vary significantly from one era or culture to another, even from ancient Hopi Indian culture to contemporary German culture.
Why would someone reject a feature of the manifest image in favor of the scientific image? To take an example that doesn't involve time, the manifest image implies a solid wooden table is not mostly empty space, but the scientific image implies it is. We accept that the table is mostly empty space because i the fundamental scientific theory of wooden materials, namely physics, implies the table is mostly empty space, and ii this scientific theory can be shown to account for our experiences that led us to our conviction that the table is wholly a solid substance without empty space, and iii the scientific theory can account for other facts that the commonsense view cannot.A literature review can be a precursor to the introduction of a research paper, or it can be an entire paper in itself, acting as the first stage of large research projects and allowing the supervisor to ascertain that the student is on the correct path.
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