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Theories of Time and the Asymmetry in Human Attitudes


  • Gal Yehezkel

    1. Department of B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Sapir Academic College, Israel
    2. Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel, The Dorothy de Rothschild Campus, Raanana, Israel
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An important aspect of the debate between the A-theory and the B-theory of time relates to the supposed implications of each for some of the most basic human attitudes and stances. The asymmetry in our attitudes towards past and future events in our life (pleasant and unpleasant), and towards the temporal limits of our existence, that is, toward birth and death, is supposedly considered differently by the two theories. I argue that our attitudes are neither justified nor discredited by anything which is in debate between the A-Theory and the B-theory, and therefore that neither theory of time is supported by the asymmetry in our attitudes.