Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement

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Mc Taggart and the Truth about Time

Heather Dyke

McTaggart famously argued that time is unreal. Today, almost no one agrees with his conclusion.1 But his argument remains the locus classicus for both the A–theory and the B-theory of time. I want to show how McTaggart's argument provided the impetus for both of these opposing views of the nature of time. I will also present and defend what I take to be the correct view of the nature of time.

Heather Dyke is Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, University of Otago.