Oberlin College and Conservatory

Three New Arguments for the Dynamic Theory of Time

Friday, April 5 at 4:30pm to 6:15pm

King Building, 343
10 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Ned Markosian, professor of philosophy at UMass Amherst, will present a lecture entitled ‘‘Three New Arguments for the Dynamic Theory of Time.’’

Abstract: There are two main ways of thinking about time that have emerged in the metaphysics literature in recent years. According to the Static Theory of Time (which is the majority view), time is just like space—it is one of four similar dimensions that make up a single manifold that is appropriately called spacetime. On this view, there is nothing special about the present moment, and time's apparent passage is merely a subjective feature of the way humans happen to perceive the world. The other view is the Dynamic Theory of Time, according to which time is very different from space, the present is special, and the passage of time is a genuine and objective feature of theworld.

This talk features three new arguments for the Dynamic Theory of Time:
(1) an argument about personal identity and moral responsibility,
(2) an argument concerning the aesthetic value of music, and
(3) a sentimental argument that focuses on the correct way to appreciate certain important but poignant truths about the passage of time.

Find out more about Ned Markosian.

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Dale Alexander

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