Single Idea 22899

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / D. Time / 2. Passage of Time / e. Tensed (A) series]

Full Idea

One says 'thank goodness that is over', ..and it says something which it is impossible which any use of any tenseless copula with a date should convey. It certainly doesn't mean the same as 'thank goodness that occured on Friday June 15th 1954'.

Gist of Idea

'Thank goodness that's over' is not like 'thank goodness that happened on Friday'


Arthur N. Prior (Changes in Events and Changes in Things [1968]), quoted by Adrian Bardon - Brief History of the Philosophy of Time 4 'Pervasive'

Book Reference

Bardon,Adrian: 'Brief History of the Philosophy of Time' [OUP 2013], p.97

A Reaction

[Ref uncertain] This seems to be appealing to ordinary usage, in which tenses have huge significance. If we take time (with its past, present and future) as primitive, then tenses can have full weight. Did tenses mean anything at all to Einstein?