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Other Times: Philosophical Perspectives on Past, Present and Future (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy) [Kindle Edition]

David Cockburn

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  • Print ISBN-10: 0521592143
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0521592147
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We view things from a certain position in time: in our language, thought, feelings and actions, we draw distinctions between what has happened, is happening, and will happen. Frequently, approaches to this feature of our lives - those seen in disputes between tensed and tenseless theories, between realist and anti-realist treatments of past and future, and in accounts of historical knowledge - embody serious misunderstandings of the character of the issues; they misconstrue the relation between metaphysics and ethics, and the way to characterize the kind of sense which tensed language has. David Cockburn argues that the notion of 'reasons for emotion' must have a central place in any account of meaning, and that the present should have no priority in our understanding of tense. This allows for a more satisfactory articulation of the place of past, present and future in our thought, and of the form which criticism of our thought might take.

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"The book is clearly impressive in its scope and originality. In presenting the debate between the tensed and tenseless theories in an entirely new light, it provides a serious challenge to all who participate in it." Michele C. M. Beer, International Philosophical Quarterly

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Current approaches to the question of our position in time SH such as those seen in disputes between tensed and tenseless theories, and between realist and anti-realist treatments of past and future SH misconstrue the relation between metaphysics and ethics, and the way to characterise the kind of sense which tensed language has. In this original and thought-provoking study, David Cockburn argues that the notion of 'reasons for emotion' must have a central place in any account of meaning, and that the present should have no priority in our understanding of tense.

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  • File Size: 3642 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 23, 1997)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001T0HEJ0
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