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McTaggart’s philosophy of time

Nice explication by Emily Thomas of McTaggart’s classic argument for the unreality of time. It was Michael Dummett who reinvigorated interest in McTaggart after decades of neglect. British IdealismMcTaggartmetaphysicsMichael Dummetttime

Time

Both time-related (metaphysical) songs from pretty much the same period (’72-’73). Thinking about time also brought to mind one of my favorite (or at least at least in the top three) philosophical papers — later picked up by Dummett. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day You fritter and waste the hours…

Philosophy of Time

Here’s a very crisp articulation by Jonathan Tallant explaining McTaggart’s famous A and B series of time and more besides. It was the late Michael Dummett (Truth and Other Enigmas, 1978) who made me want to take another look at McTaggart’s argument, surprisingly not referenced in the SEP entry. Here’s McTaggart’s original paper and a freely available commentary paper on Dummett’s McTaggart.…

Michael Dummett

Telegraph obituary My favourite Dummett book: Truth and Other Enigmas. My favourite Dummett paper:  A Defense of Mctaggart’s Proof of the Unreality of Time. Here is Steve Pyke’s superb portrait. Michael Dummett Oxford 21 May 1990 Philosophy attempts, not to discover new truths about the world, but to gain a clear view of what we already…