On the meaning of the question "How fast does time pass?"
Skow (Bradford)
Source: Philosophical Studies, Vol. 155, No. 3 (September 2011), pp. 325-344
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Author’s Introduction

  1. In this paper I distinguish interpretations of the question “How fast does time pass?” that are important for the debate over the reality of objective becoming from interpretations that are not.
  2. Then I discuss how one theory that incorporates objective becoming - the moving spotlight theory of time - answers this question.
  3. It turns out that there are several ways to formulate the moving spotlight theory of time. One formulation says that time passes but it makes no sense to ask how fast; another formulation says that time passes at one second per supersecond; and a third says that time passes at one second per second.
  4. I defend the intelligibility of this final version of the theory.

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