On 7/28/2012 4:23 PM, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:
John Ellis McTaggart
The Unreality of Time
Mind: A Quarterly Review of Psychology and Philosophy 17 (1908): 456-473

I have learned about the McTaggart's A- and B-series from John Yates.


Now I have found the original paper by McTaggart in Internet:


In the paper, the author proves that time is unreal. He first introduces the A-series that contain past, present, and future and then shows that this idea is self-contradictory.

I should say that the paper is popular nowadays as well, Google Scholar shows about 700 citations.

The paper is relatively short (about 8500 words) and it is nice. I like it.


Dear Evgenii,

Never would I cast aspersions upon McTaggart, but what he actually proved was not the "unreality of time"; for Reality is what which is incontrovertible to all intercommunicating observers. What McTaggart proved was the non-existance of an observational stance that might allow all moments of time to be apprehended simultaneously. His work can be seen as a reiteration of the truth that Einstein was able to show us with his General theory of Relativity.



"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."
~ Francis Bacon

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