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Title: The problem of time, with special reference to its importance for modern thought
Author: Cleugh, M. F.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 1936
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Although the experience of time is immediately familiar to us all, a number of difficult and very important problems are raised by it. On examination some of these are found to be logical, some psychological, some physical; but underlying these and presupposed by them, there remains a number of questions which are essentially metaphysical. These questions have been treated from various aspects by different philosophers. As it would be impossible to consider all these different views, those of Kant, Bergson, Alexander, McTaggart, and Dunne have been taken as representative for the purposes of exposition and criticism. This comprises the first part of the thesis. The second part contains an attempt to coordinate the conclusions reached earlier, and to sketch a theory of time. Prediction, irreversibility, and the status of the future are discussed. It is shown that time is essentially asymmetrical and irreducible to logical terms; and it is suggested that it is itself the a logical element in the universe, as the condition of change, contingency, and novelty. Finally, the reality of time is considered. Time is unstable, and cannot yield absolute perfection; yet only in time is progress towards the ideal possible. We must not emphasize the transience of time, and forget its creativeness.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Philosophy