The Nature of Time

2014.03.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ulrich Meyer, The Nature of Time, Oxford University Press, 2013, 161pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199599332. Reviewed
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2014.03.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ulrich Meyer, The Nature of Time, Oxford University Press, 2013, 161pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199599332. Reviewed by Jennifer Wang, University of Georgia The Nature of Time is a fantastic read. It provides a concise introduction to various issues in the philosophy of time and a well-presented defense of a novel view. Meyer’s stated aim is to answer what he considers to be the central question in the philosophy of time: What sorts of things are instants of times? The answer he defends is rather surprising: times are linguistic entities. The core of Meyer’s view is tense primitivism, the view that the tense operators of tense logic are conceptually primitive. These tense operators are used to construct linguistic ersatz times, which help solve problems of expressive power for tense logic. But rather than endorsing the typical combination of tense primitivism with presentism, Meyer ends. . .

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