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Single Idea 6865

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / D. Time / 2. Passage of Time / d. Time series]

Full Idea

The A-theory regards our intuitive distinction of time into past, present and future as objective, and takes seriously the idea that time flows; the B-theory says this just reflects our perspective, like the spatial distinction between here and there.

Gist of Idea

A-theory says past, present, future and flow exist; B-theory says this just reports our perspective


Robin Le Poidevin (Interview with Baggini and Stangroom [2001], p.174)

Book Reference

Baggini,J/Stangroom,J: 'New British Philosophy' [Routledge 2002], p.174

A Reaction

The distinction comes from McTaggart. Physics seems to be built on an objective view of time, and yet Einstein makes time relative. What possible evidence could decide between the two theories?