Friday, December 21, 2018

Prepositions and the Illusion of Chrono-spatiality

In his blog Gypsy Scholarship, Professor Hodges recently raised a slew of difficult philosophical conundrums related to the nature of time and the language we use to talk about time.  He writes:
Does the future come toward us?


Do we go into the the future?

Or Both . . .
My response?


Although time is something we describe with prepositions (to, at, by, on, about, before, near, until, near, during, after...) or with helping verbs that have a tense (will, had, were), this does not mean that a certain time is located somewhere or located in the same way that something is located in space, or in a spatial relation to something else.

(Erm, I think...)

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