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tense

(tens),
Tight, rigid, or strained; characterized by anxiety and psychological strain.
[L. tensus, pp. of tendo, to stretch]

tense

(tĕns)
1. Tight, rigid.
2. Anxious, under mental stress.
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In the case of a written sentence, a tensed view would consider the experience of reading a kind of mobile present as the eyes scan across the sequence of words from left to right and downwards on the page.
2) William Lane Craig, The Tensed Theory of Time (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2000).
He describes himself as a tensed theorist, though I suspect that few would welcome him into the tensed camp, as he explicitly rejects many of their most cherished ideas.
She assumes that we have given an account of our use of past tense statements, including the use of the tensed truth predicates.
It is the other way round: how we do or should react to having a tensed belief about e will generally depend on where in the A series our belief says e is.
In this reviewer's opinion, for far too long the literature surrounding tenses has focused on whether or not tensed statements, such as 'thank goodness my headache is over', have tenseless truth conditions.
This is the thesis that any tensed sentence-token cannot be translated without loss of meaning by any tenseless sentence-token.
The biblical and philosophically sound position would be a tensed theory of time.
It will not help to qualify the tensed expressions, by means of iteration:
But I have already made clear my answer (in Lowe 1987 and Lowe 1992) that the difficulty arises from the indexical character of tensed expressions, and this is a feature of their semantics.
Section 1 of The Tensed Theory deals with "The Ineliminability of Tense" (chapters 1-5) while section 2 addresses "Arguments Against an A-Theory of Time" (chapters 6-7, which cover McTaggart's Paradox and the Myth of Passage, respectively).
They have had to show that the fact that we speak and think in tensed terms can be reconciled with the tenseless view.