Models of Time: A Brief Survey

  • Daniel Saudek
Part of the Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion book series (PFPR)


This chapter gives a brief overview over the key questions and points of contention in the philosophy of time: first, time’s ontological status and the debate between substantivalism and relationism; second, time’s structure and the by now classical distinction between the A- and the B-theory of time, followed by an assessment of A- and B-models. Finally, we take a closer look at a concept of central importance to the time debate: that of the instant moment or of “the universe at a given time”.

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  • Daniel Saudek
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  1. 1.Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt GeorgenFrankfurt am MainGermany

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