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Single Idea 15198

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / C. Space-Time / 2. Time / a. Time]

Full Idea

The crucial distinction is that in the B-series positions in time are unchanging. Positions in the A-series, in contrast, do change: what is now present was once future and will be past.

Gist of Idea

In the B-series, time-positions are unchanging; in the A-series they change (from future to present to past)

Source

Robin Le Poidevin (Past, Present and Future of Debate about Tense [1998], 1 (a))

Book Reference

'Questions of Time and Tense', ed/tr. Le Poidevin,R [OUP 2002], p.13


A Reaction

So does A-series time consist of a property which things gain and then lose, or a location which things enter and then leave? Neither analogy seems to throw much light.