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Single Idea 13113

[catalogued under 4. Formal Logic / D. Modal Logic ML / 6. Temporal Logic]

Full Idea

We introduce four future and past tense operators: FP: it will sometime be the case that P. PP: it was sometime the case that P. GP: it will always be the case that P. HP: it has always been the case that P. (P itself is untensed).


[F, P, G and H are in bold]

Gist of Idea

F: will sometime, P: was sometime, G: will always, H: was always


M Fitting/R Mendelsohn (First-Order Modal Logic [1998], 1.10)

Book Reference

Fitting,M/Mendelsohn,R: 'First-Order Modal Logic' [Synthese 1998], p.25

A Reaction

Temporal logic begins with A.N. Prior, and starts with □ as 'always', and ◊ as 'sometimes', but then adds these past and future divisions. Two different logics emerge, taking □ and ◊ as either past or as future.