Zeno-machines and the metaphysics of time

Authors

  • Augusto Andraus Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas. Rua Cora Coralina 100, 13083-896, Campinas, SP, Brasil.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4013/fsu.2016.172.11

Abstract

This paper aims to explore the nature of Zeno-machines by examining their conceptual coherence, from the perspective of contemporary theories on the passage of time. More specifically, it will analyse the following questions: Are Zeno-machines and supertasks coherent if we adopt the eternalist theory of time? What conclusions can be drawn from choosing the eternalist thesis, or the presentist thesis, when examining Zeno-machines? To this end, an overview of the opposing theories of time is provided, alongside the usual objections to Zeno-machines and their theoretical foundations from Zeno’s dichotomy paradox.

Keywords: Zeno-machines, philosophy of time, supertasks, Zeno’s paradox.

Author Biography

Augusto Andraus, Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas. Rua Cora Coralina 100, 13083-896, Campinas, SP, Brasil.

 

 

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Published

2016-10-05

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Philosophy South