Do the Folk Represent Time as Essentially Dynamical?

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 1 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Recent research (Latham, Miller and Norton, forthcoming) reveals that a majority of people represent actual time as dynamical. But do they, as suggested by McTaggart and Gödel, represent time as essentially dynamical? This paper distinguishes three interrelated questions. We ask (a) whether the folk representation of time is sensitive or insensitive: i.e., does what satisfies the folk representation of time in counterfactual worlds depend on what satisfies it actually—sensitive—or does is not depend on what satisfies it actually—insensitive, and (b) do those who represent actual time as dynamical, represent time in all possible worlds as dynamical—what we call insensitive dynamism—or do they represent time in all possible worlds as dynamical only conditional on the actual world in fact being dynamical—what we call sensitive dynamism and (c) do dynamists and non-dynamists deploy two different representations of time, or deploy the same representation, but disagree about what actually satisfies that representation? We found no evidence that the folk representation of time is sensitive, or that the folk representation of time is essentially dynamical in either sense, though we did find evidence of a shared representation, on which dynamical features are sufficient, but not necessary, for time.



External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Reversible Dynamics and the Directionality of Time.Claudio Mazzola & Marco Giunti - 2012 - In Gianfranco Minati, Mario Abram & Eliano Pessa (eds.), Methods, Models, Simulations and Approaches towards a General Theory of Change. Singapore: World Scientific. pp. 161-172.
Dynamical Systems and the Direction of Time.Claudio Mazzola - 2013 - In Pierluigi Graziani, Luca Guzzardi & Massimo Sangoi (eds.), Open Problems in Philosophy of Sciences. London: College Publications. pp. 217-232.
Skeptical notes on a physics of passage.Nick Huggett - 2014 - Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1326 (1):9-17.
Off-mass-shell dynamics in flat spacetime.Matthew A. Trump & William C. Schieve - 1997 - Foundations of Physics 27 (3):389-414.
Time’s Arrow Today. [REVIEW]Katinka Ridderbos - 1997 - Philosophical Review 106 (4):627-629.
Time Reversal Symmetry and Collapse Models.D. J. Bedingham & O. J. E. Maroney - 2017 - Foundations of Physics 47 (5):670-696.


Added to PP

514 (#36,777)

6 months
102 (#44,426)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?