Time, Tense, and Reference

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Overview

Among the many branches of philosophy, the philosophy of time and the philosophy of language are more intimately interconnected than most, yet their practitioners have long pursued independent paths. This book helps to bridge the gap between the two groups. As it makes clear, it is increasingly difficult to do philosophy of language without any metaphysical commitments as to the nature of time, and it is equally difficult to resolve the metaphysical question of whether time is tensed or tenseless independently of the philosophy of language. Indeed, one is tempted to see philosophy of language and metaphysics as a continuum with no sharp boundary.The essays, which were written expressly for this book by leading philosophers of language and philosophers of time,discuss the philosophy of language and its implications for the philosophy of time and vice versa.

The intention is not only to further dialogue between philosophers of language and of time but also to present new theories to advance the state of knowledge in the two fields. The essays are organized in two sections—one on the philosophy of tensed language, the other on the metaphysics of time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262600507
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Aleksandar Jokic is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University.

Quentin Smith is Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Western MichiganUniversity.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Introduction 1
I The Philosophy of Tensed Language 23
Introduction to Part I 25
1 Outline for a Truth-Conditional Semantics for Tense 49
2 Tense and Intension 107
3 Objects of Relief 157
4 Tensed Second Thoughts 191
5 Tensed Sentences, Tenseless Truth Conditions, and Tensed Beliefs 199
6 Need We Posit A-Properties? 207
7 Time Plus the Whoosh and Whiz 211
II The Metaphysics of Time 251
Introduction Part II 253
8 Two Versions of the New B-Theory of Language 271
9 Why Tenses Need Real Times 305
10 Real Tenses 325
11 Reference to the Past and Future 357
12 In Defense of Presentism 391
13 Basic Tensed Sentences and Their Analysis 409
14 Actualism and Presentism 449
Index 465
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