I wonder whether time exists at all. I know you are a metaphysician writing something about time. Can you recommend any book or novel of yours to find the meaning of time for me? And why do you think time being real?

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Dear Takaharu,

Thank you very much for your postcard. I think time is real, but I’m not sure whether it comes from the outside world, or inside us. My book (Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals) explores Kant’s idea that time is a human intuition, like morality. I think each of us has a private, personal spacetime.

My novel The Time of the Angels explores this idea. It shows how the processes of loving & hating take time, & how our relationships can change over time. In one passage, I compare a kiss to the rise of spring.

With best wishes, Iris

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Emily Thomas

Durham University, UK

"“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”

Murdoch makes us look twice at everything - people, the planet, and flowers."

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