We cannot make sense of the claim that the present is metaphysically more real and, thus, we cannot accept the tensed view, or so I claim.
7) In the third section Mellor's token-reflexive account of tensed truths is presented, as well as his current, modified view.
Tensed properties, which seem to be perspectival--the 1996 presidential elections are past for us, but were future for the voters in 1995--cannot, therefore, be part of a complete, objective description of events and things.
Various translation manuals of tensed sentences into tenseless ones that were taken to mean the same were suggested for that purpose.
Moreover, not only are there grammatical differences in the way we talk about past, present, or future events and experiences, there are also phenomenological disparities that correspond to the tensed locations of events and experiences.
I shall now review Mellor's arguments which are aimed at establishing decisively that translation manuals of tensed sentences into tenseless ones that mean the same cannot be formulated.
The first step toward realizing the impossibility of translating tensed sentences into tenseless ones is noting that tokens of tensed sentences do not have the same truth conditions as any tenseless sentence that is a candidate to be their translation.
that is, unless you employ a tensed sentence in conjunction with it.
If a reliable source--his wrist watch, the radio, and so forth--provides him with a token of the tensed sentence "It is now one o'clock in the afternoon," he will be able to take his medication on time.
This also shows that tensed sentences are indispensable--to act successfully we must have tensed beliefs.
What needed to be abandoned, according to the new plan, was the theory of meaning which claims that, and presumes to specify how, the meaning of tensed sentences can be captured by tenseless statements.
When one says that the next presidential elections will take place just over three years from now, one is locating these elections in time by means of a tensed description.