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dc.contributor.authorDyke, Heather
dc.date.available2011-06-30T01:31:29Z
dc.date.copyright2011
dc.identifier.citationDyke, H. (2011). The Evolutionary Origins of Tensed Language and Belief. Biology and Philosophy, 26(3), 401–418. doi:10.1007/s10539-011-9263-5en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/1741
dc.description.abstractI outline the debate in metaphysics between those who believe time is tensed and those who believe it is tenseless. I describe the terms in which this debate has been carried out, and the significance to it of ordinary tensed language and widespread common sense beliefs that time is tensed. I then outline a case for thinking that our intuitive beliefs about tense constitute an Adaptive Imaginary Representation (Wilson 1990, 1995). I also outline a case for thinking that our ordinary tensed beliefs and tensed language owe their tensed nature to its being adaptive to adopt a temporally self-locating perspective on reality. If these conclusions are right, then common sense intuitions and temporal language will be utterly misleading guides to the nature of temporal reality.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherSpringeren_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofBiology and Philosophyen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.springerlink.com/content/q881028u76717071/en_NZ
dc.rightsCopyright assigned to Springer, but archiving of author's version permitted.en_NZ
dc.subjectevolutionen_NZ
dc.subjecttimeen_NZ
dc.subjecttenseen_NZ
dc.subjectlanguageen_NZ
dc.titleThe Evolutionary Origins of Tensed Language and Beliefen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
otago.schoolPhilosophy Departmenten_NZ
otago.relation.issue3en_NZ
otago.relation.volume26en_NZ
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10539-011-9263-5en_NZ
otago.bitstream.endpage418en_NZ
otago.bitstream.startpage401en_NZ
otago.openaccessOpen
dc.description.refereedPeer Revieweden_NZ
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