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dc.contributor.authorMaclaurin, James
dc.contributor.authorDyke, Heather
dc.date.available2011-06-30T02:18:01Z
dc.date.copyright2002
dc.identifier.citationMaclaurin, J., & Dyke, H. (2002). ‘Thank Goodness that’s Over’: The Evolutionary Story. Ratio, 15(3), 276–292. doi:10.1111/1467-9329.00191en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/1743
dc.description.abstractIf, as the new tenseless theory of time maintains, there are no tensed facts, then why do our emotional lives seem to suggest that there are? This question originates with Prior’s ‘Thank Goodness That’s Over’ problem, and still presents a significant challenge to the new B-theory of time. We argue that this challenge has more dimensions to it than has been appreciated by those involved in the debate so far. We present an analysis of the challenge, showing the different questions that a B-theorist must answer in order to meet it. The debate has focused on the question of what is the object of my relief when an unpleasant experience is past. We outline the prevailing response to this question. The additional, and neglected, questions are, firstly—‘Why does the same event elicit different emotional responses from us depending on whether it is in the past, present, or future?’ And secondly—‘Why do we care more about proximate future pain than about distant future pain?’ We give B-theory answers to these questions, which appeal to evolutionary considerations.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherWileyen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofRatioen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9329.00191/abstracten_NZ
dc.rightsCopyright assigned to Wiley, but archiving of author's version permitteden_NZ
dc.subjectTimeen_NZ
dc.subjectEmotionsen_NZ
dc.subjectEvolutionen_NZ
dc.title"Thank Goodness that's Over": The Evolutionary Storyen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
otago.schoolPhilosophy Departmenten_NZ
otago.relation.issue3en_NZ
otago.relation.volume15en_NZ
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/1467-9329.00191en_NZ
otago.bitstream.endpage292en_NZ
otago.bitstream.startpage276en_NZ
otago.openaccessOpen
dc.description.refereedPeer Revieweden_NZ
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