Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Past, philosophy: the set of events before the point of time an observer sees as his presence. Past can be characterized as the period in which decisions are not possible. A time traveler would experience a section of the past as his present. See also present, future, time, to measure, presentism, actualism, reality, time travel.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Geach I 313
Time/VsMcTaggart: his proof that time does not exist has been attacked because he uses the terms past, present and future. E.g. "Queen Anne's death is past".
VsMcTaggart: "past" is ostensive and not a logical predicate.
GeachVsVs: one cannot disprove McTaggart so easily. If the predicate is not to be a logical predicate,...
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I 314
...then "Queen Anne's death" cannot be a logical subject either!


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Gea I
P.T. Geach
Logic Matters Oxford 1972


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