By L.Nathan Oaklander
Written for the main half in a fascinating discussion sort, Time, swap and Freedom covers metaphysical themes from a student's standpoint and introduces key options via a means of clarification, reformulation and critique. targeting the philosophy of time, the dialogues disguise such themes because the starting and finish of time, the character of private identification, and the relation of human freedom to theories of fatalism, divine foreknowledge and determinism. every one discussion closes with a thesaurus of phrases and proposals for extra interpreting. Time, swap and Freedom concludes with a dialogue of the metaphysical implications of Einstein's idea of relativity and a evaluate of up to date theories of time and the universe. Written in an obtainable, non-technical kind, Time, swap and Freedom is a perfect creation to the most important subject matters of latest metaphysics.
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SOPHIA: Let me try to understand this new theory of eternity more fully. It is now 1993. Does God exist simultaneously with 1993? IVAN: If God did, then God would be existing in time. Since God does not exist in time, God does not exist simultaneously with 1993. But it is true to say in 1993 that God exists tunelessly. This is different than saying that God exists in 1993. God does not exist in any year, but in each year it is true to say that God exists timelessly. Our true utterances about God exist in time, but what these utterances are about, God’s existence, does not occur in time.
God exists in time, and thus is not eternal. So the second definition of eternity as tenseless duration fails. IVAN: Your objections are good ones. Let me move on to a third possible way to define eternity. I shall call this the present instant definition of eternity. Let us suppose that God’s eternity does not involve duration at all. God exists only in one instant. ” Furthermore, this instant is unlimited. ALICE: How could a single instant of life be unlimited? Furthermore, suppose there is a tiny bug that is like a firefly and that exists for an instant only.
If God sees 1993 to be present and 1950 to be present, he would be mistaken. , the property of pastness, and must be recognized to be past. ” IVAN: I mean that each year is present to God in the sense that that year exists equally as much as any other year and that each year is apprehended equally by God. ALICE: That makes sense to me. SOPHIA: Let us not be too quick to give our assent. Ivan, would you summarize for us this fourth definition of eternity? IVAN: God is eternal in the sense that (1) he exists outside of time in a single instant that has no temporal relations to any instant in time, (2) the tenseless theory of time is true, so that all years exist equally and (3) he is equally conscious of each year that exists.
Time, Change and Freedom: An Introduction to Metaphysics by L.Nathan Oaklander