A common-sense theory of time

  • Yuen Q. Lin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 810)


Treating instants of time as primitive not only is conceptually implausible but also has encountered grave practical difficulties. A satisfactory theory of time seems to be one which is based on the common-sense idea that events or periods are the primitive enties of time while instants are constructed from them. In this paper we present one such common-sense theory of time. We start from a structure of events, construct instants out of the events, and then show that these instants have the properties we normally expect of them. Views discussed here include the view of Allen and Hayes, and that of Russell.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuen Q. Lin
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  1. 1.Computational Linguistics UnitUniversity of Wales College of CardiffUK

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