Philosophical Studies

, Volume 175, Issue 7, pp 1787–1789 | Cite as

Precis of Objective Becoming

  • Bradford SkowEmail author

In the philosophy of time, as in philosophy generally, just finding the right question can be more than half the work. It won’t do, for example, to say that a philosophy of time is an answer to the question what is the nature of time?, since there are philosophies of time that say that there is no such thing as time. Now there are time-deniers and there are time-deniers. One kind is a radical: they think that the “temporality of the world” is a complete illusion. This idea parallels the idea that the spatiality of the world is an illusion, the idea that there is nothing external to the mind, that there are just minds (may be just one mind) and their (its) mental states. It’s a wild view: if temporality is an illusion, then while it may seem to me that first (say) a light turned red, and then later turned green, in reality the turning red did not precede the turning green, not because the turning green preceded the turning red instead, or because they were simultaneous, but because...


  1. Skow, B. (2015). Objective becoming. Oxford: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  1. 1.CambridgeUSA

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