McTaggart's Paradox

Project: Research

Layman's description

The aim of this project is to write the definitive guide to the philosophical debate about McTaggart’s famous argument for the unreality of time. There exists no such overview, despite the central role that the argument has in the philosophy of time, and despite the fact that there exist no consensus on the either the exact content of the argument or its validity.

The aim of this project is to write the definitive guide to the philosophical debate about McTaggart?s famous argument for the unreality of time. There exists no overview of the debate, despite the central role that the argument has in the philosophy of time and despite the fact that there is no consensus on either the exact content of the argument or the validity of any of the proposed interpretations. Such a project is timely and would be received internationally as a very significant contribution to the philosophy of time and become the definite reference point for future research on the topic.

In the project I will attempt to classify the various responses and critically evaluate them. A major difference between my approach to understanding the argument, as opposed to earlier commentators, is that I interpret the argument in light of McTaggart?s metaphysical system, while it is universally assumed by everyone else that the argument for the unreality of time is independent and self?contained.
There is clear textual evidence that McTaggart intended the argument to be an axiomatic demonstration from previously given principles, but this has been entirely overlooked (see Ingthorsson 1998). The project is thus not intended to be mere historical overview, but a significant contribution in its own right to the philosophy of time.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2012/01/012014/12/31

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Related research output

Rögnvaldur Ingthorsson, 2016 Jul 5, 1 ed. New York and London: Routledge. 154 p. (Routledge Series in Contemporary Philosophy; no. 84)

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