- I step out of my house into the morning air and feel the cool breeze on my face. I feel the freshness of the cool breeze now, and, as the breeze dies down, I notice that time is passing. I need to start walking or I will be late for class.
- We all know what it is like to have these sorts of experiences. Reflection on the qualitative character of such experiences suggests that events occurring now have a characteristic property of nowness, responsible for a certain special "feel," and that events pass from the future to the present and then into the past.
- The question that I want to explore is whether we should take this suggestion to support an antireductionist ontology of time, that is, whether we should take it to support an ontology that includes a primitive, monadic property of nowness, responsible for the special feel of events in the present, and a relation of passage that events instantiate in virtue of literally passing from the future to the present and then into the past.
- It will be important in what follows to avoid prejudging whether the world actually does include nowness and passage, so I will use the locution "as of" instead of just "of" to signal that descriptions like "experience as of passage" merely describe experiences with a certain qualitative character.
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