more from William of Ockham

Single Idea 19381

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / D. Time / 1. Nature of Time / i. Denying time]

Full Idea

Time is composed of non-entities, because it is composed of the past which does not exist now, although it did exist, and of the future, which does not yet exist; therefore time does not exist.

Gist of Idea

The past has ceased to exist, and the future does not yet exist, so time does not exist


William of Ockham (works [1335], 6:496), quoted by Richard T.W. Arthur - Leibniz 7 'Nominalist'

Book Reference

Arthur, Richard T.W.: 'Leibniz' [Polity 2014], p.146

A Reaction

I've a lot of sympathy with this! I favour Presentism, so the past is gone and the future is yet to arrive. But we have no coherent concept of a present moment of any duration to contain reality. We are just completely bogglificated by it all.