1st Edition

Relational Passage of Time

By Matias Slavov Copyright 2023
    148 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    148 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book defends a relational theory of the passage of time. The realist view of passage developed in this book differs from the robust, substantivalist position. According to relationism, passage is nothing over and above the succession of events, one thing coming after another. Causally related events are temporally arranged as they happen one after another along observers’ worldlines. There is no unique global passage but a multiplicity of local passages of time. After setting out this positive argument for relationism, the author deals with five common objections to it: (a) triviality of deflationary passage, (b) a-directionality of passage, (c) the impossibility of experiencing passage, (d) fictionalism about passage, and (e) the incompatibility of passage with perduring objects.

    Relational Passage of Time will appeal to scholars and advanced students working in philosophy of time, metaphysics, and philosophy of physics.




    Part I. The positive argument

    Chapter 1. Relational, not substantial passage

    Part II. Answering objections

    Chapter 1. Relational passage is neither trivial nor question-begging

    Chapter 2. Passage is directed

    Chapter 3. We experience and misconceive passage

    Chapter 4. Passage is not a fiction

    Chapter 5. Time passes amidst perduring objects

    Conclusion: Final thoughts


    Matias Slavov is an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow at Tampere University, Finland. He is the author of Hume’s Natural Philosophy and Philosophy of Physical Science (2020).