Time and Its Cultural and Metaphysical Duration
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The polemic surrounding the nature of time causes worry amongst philosophers, physicists, and religionists. Time plays an integral yet curious role within metaphysical analysis. The drive that people have to study time stems from its quotidian nature. One expects the physicality of time to be well understood. As it turns out, however, time has many quizzical properties, and to analyze these properties satisfactorily is all but impossible at present. My paper is concerned with outlining some of the historically significant problems philosophers have addressed concerning time and its classification within a physical framework. To get a well-rounded notion of the problems surrounding time, I explored a multitude of philosophical and religious traditions. I moved through Jain theories of time, Augustinian theories of time, and onto the contemporary theories put forth by McTaggart and Huw Price. As I moved through these traditions, I uncovered a number of distinct difficulties that confound some of the traditional solutions to these problems.