Giving the present more room
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It is widespread opinion among philosophers that the present must be without extension, a durationless instant. The motivation for this view stems from a well-known standard argument that traces back to St. Augustine. In this essay the standard argument, as well as a variant, is scrutinized and critized for both an internal incoherence and being incompatible with the common notion of the present. The main point under discussion is the supposed impossibility for a temporal interval to be present.
Document update: 23 Nov 2004