Tense and Performance: An Essay on the Uses of Tensed and Tenseless Language

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Rodopi, 1981 - Philosophy - 153 pages
 

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Contents

PREFACE
7
McTaggarts Philosophy of Time
22
Tense
43
The Noneliminability of Tensed Discourse
62
Language and Purpose
94
Relativity Tense and Simultaneity
118
Language
136
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