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Language and time

Author: Quentin Smith
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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This book offers a defense of the tensed theory of time, a critique of the New Theory of Reference, and an argument that simultaneity is absolute. Although Smith rejects ordinary language philosophy, he shows how it is possible to argue from the nature of language to the nature of reality. Specifically, he argues that semantic properties of tensed sentences are best explained by the hypothesis that they ascribe to  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Smith, Quentin, 1952-
Language and time.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Quentin Smith
ISBN: 9780198024361 0198024363 9780195082272 0195082273 0195155947 9780195155945 0195348184 9780195348187
OCLC Number: 436988560
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 262 pages)
Contents: The translation method and the tensed and tenseless theories of time --
The untranslatability of a-sentences by tenseless date-sentences --
The untranslatability of a-sentences by tenseless token-reflexive sentences --
The tensed theory of a-sentences --
Presentness as a logical subject of a-sentences --
Presentness as a logical subject of tenseless sentences --
Absolute presentness and the special theory of relativity --
Responsibility: Quentin Smith.


Quentin Smith offers arguments against the New Theory of Reference propounded by leading thinkers in the philosophy of language. He defends the tensed theory of time and argues that the simultaneity  Read more...


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"No philosopher has done more in recent years to develop and defend the tensed theory of time: the view that past, present and future are real features of the universe."-D.H. Mellor "Language and Read more...

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