CHAPTER V
THE PROBLEM OF THE REALITY OF TIME

It has already been pointed out that the aim of this essay is Aristotelian rather than Platonic, in so far as the intention is to analyze and define what men mean by the term "time," rather than to analyze and define that which is taken to be a metaphysical entity. It differs from Aristotle's treatment of the subject chiefly because it must take into consideration a more developed scientific attitude and results than that with which he had to deal. On the basis of that similarity it would appear that the first problem is one which has been neglected so far to a considerable extent; that is the question, "Is time real?" Perhaps a better way of expressing this problem is: How can one determine the meaning of reality as applied to time? Newton and Clarke, for example, held that time is an objective existent, having the same type of reality as a table or chair. This is a rather rare point of view, although to some extent it was tacitly adopted by physics along

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