McTaggart's Paradox

2016.12.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews R. D. Ingthorsson, McTaggart's Paradox, Routledge, 2016, 154pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138677241. Reviewed by M. Joshua
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2016.12.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews R. D. Ingthorsson, McTaggart's Paradox, Routledge, 2016, 154pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138677241. Reviewed by M. Joshua Mozersky, Queen's University, Kingston J. M. E. McTaggart is well known for distinguishing two ways of conceptualizing time: first, as a series of positions ordered by 'past', 'present', and 'future', which he calls the A-series; secondly, as a series of positions ordered by 'earlier than', 'later than', and 'simultaneous with', which he calls the B-series. He argues that the A-series is both essential to time and contradictory, so time cannot exist. This argument holds an interesting place in the philosophical catalogue, as it is treated with the utmost respect and seriousness by some (e.g. Michael Dummett, Paul Horwich, D. H. Mellor) but dismissed as sophomoric by others (e.g. C.D Broad, Theodore Sider, Dean Zimmerman). Perhaps more interestingly, pretty much every philosophy of time. . .

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