Abstract

In this paper I outline some conceptions of the passage of time and some objections to the view that time passes. I focus on an objection by Huw Price that even the most minimal conception of passing time is incoherent because if time did pass we would lack epistemic access to the direction in which it passes. I respond that on a nonHumean view of fundamental dynamic laws, and under certain empirical conditions that likely hold of our universe, we have good reason to believe that time passes in one direction rather than its opposite. Then I examine whether such epistemic access can be adequately tied to our subjective sense of passing time, and raise some questions as to the role that the passage of time would play in providing the best explanation of the universe.