It seems safe to say that we all act as though time is real. Time is central to our way of organising our day, our week, and indeed our lives. But we mostly don’t give much thought to what time is really like in itself. Despite this, philosophers have often assumed that each of us has certain, probably tacit, beliefs about time. Tacit beliefs are beliefs we have that guide our actions in various ways, but which we may never have consciously brought to mind. So for instance, I’ve never consciously entertained the belief that were I to stand under a cold shower for 30 minutes, I would get extremely cold. Still, it’s fair to say that I tacitly have that belief. I act as though it’s true: I don’t stand under a cold shower for 30 minutes. If someone asked me whether that was a good idea, I would tell them ‘no’. If I wanted to get very cold, that is one method I might employ, and so on. We all have a lot of tacit beliefs. They guide our actions and our other beliefs, but we might not consciously bring them to mind. Philosophers have assumed that we have tacit… Read full this story
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