Analysis Of Wittgenstein 's ' The Puzzle Of Measuring Time ' Essay

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This essay discusses Wittgenstein’s response to Augustine’s puzzle of measuring time. The paper begins by explaining Augustine`s puzzle. From here the paper explains Wittgenstein’s explanation for the origin of the puzzle, the usage of the wrong definition of measure. The essay, then explains how using the wrong definition leads to the problem. After this the essay gives the rules for measuring time. The paper then concludes that it has been successful in dissolving the puzzle. Augustine’s puzzle proceeds as follows. Augustine notices that as humans we have the capacity to measure intervals of time, as we are able to say how long an interval was . However, he cannot explain how we measure time. The events in time flow from the future into the present, and once they pass through the present they become a part of the past . The measurement then, must occur in the past, future, or present. But this cannot be. The future has yet to occur, so it does not yet exist and we cannot measure that which does not exist. The past has already occurred, so it no longer exists, and again we cannot measure that which does not exist. The present does exist. But, what we are measuring is time over some extension. The present lacks extension, so cannot measure time in the present either. With this, Augustine concludes that he cannot explain how we measure time, even though we measure it .
Wittgenstein believes that Augustine’s puzzle is the result of applying the wrong definition of…

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