Over two millennia ago Heraclitus declared that all is flowing: you can’t step in the same river twice. Parmenides, on the other hand, thought that time is an illusion and all is fixed and permanent. He would fare well in the modern age where spacetime has won the intellectual day. Or has it? A new […]

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Should we rethink the notion that space and time are governed by unwavering laws of nature? Are they better understood as habits, themselves subject to change and evolution? Roberto Unger speaks to Ian Sample about his proposal that time applies to everything, with all the far-reaching implications that has for the universe. In addition, his […]

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What is time? Does it really flow or is that a mere illusion? Could time exist without change? Are the past and future real? Does time have a beginning? Is time travel logically possible? These are just a few of the fundamental questions and philosophical issues which arise regarding time, some of which are discussed […]

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Is change fundamental? In this talk, Stephen Barker describes a metaphysical conception of physical reality, which he calls the Flux-first view, which treats change or flux (Becoming) as fundamental rather than Being: states of affairs, objects/events in spacetime. The core theses are that (i) change is prior to time and (ii) change is prior to […]

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Buddhists believe that the existence of an enduring self is an illusion and that this illusion is the root of the suffering inherent in the human condition. In this talk, J. David Velleman explores whether this particular Buddhist thought can be understood in terms familiar to analytic philosophy. How might the illusion of an enduring […]

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We are all familiar with the notion that time passes, but what does it actually mean? Could temporal passage just be an illusion? In this talk, Simon Prosser argues that the passage of time is indeed illusory. He begins by outlining some philosophical theories of temporal passage (the A theory of time – including presentism […]

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Dr. Ned Markosian discusses the logical possibility of time travel to the past using the two leading philosophical theories about the nature of time: (1) The Static Theory of Time (where, contrary to appearances, time does not actually objectively “flow” at all) and (2) The Dynamic Theory of Time (where time does in fact objectively […]

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Harvey Brown (Oxford) gives a talk at LMU at the colloquium “Journeys in Platonia: Celebrating 50 Years Since The End of Time” at the 17th UK and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics (29-31 July, 2013), concerned with the way that Leibniz’s and Mach’s thinking on the nature of space have influenced Julian Barbour’s […]

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The ancient philosophical dispute between Heraclitus and Parmenides in many ways continues to this day. One side accepts temporal Becoming as real and fundamental, while the other side declares it a subjective illusion. According to the former, dynamic view, time is conceived of as something which objectively “flows”. This seems to require a distinguished present […]

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Some philosophers believe that perceptual experience, especially in the case of the sensory perception of movement or change, (seemingly) presents us with passage. Amongst those philosophers, there is then a debate as to whether this feature of perceptual experience — call it a phenomenology of passage — lends support to the view that there is […]

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