Augustine's Shrinking Present

The present is an instant of no duration dividing the future interval from the past interval

Past Present Future


The present is an interval between the future interval and the past interval

Past Present Future


Question: How long is the present interval?
Answer: It depends
present hour, present week, present term, present year, present century.
Augustine puts forward an argument of the Ever-Shrinking Present to cast doubt on the reality of objective time.

Confessions XI

Past Years Present Year Future Years


Past Terms Present Term Future Terms


Past Weeks Present Week Future Weeks


Past Days Present Day Future Days


Past Hours Present Hour Future Hours


Past Minutes Present Minute Future Minutes


Past Seconds Present Second Future Seconds


Past ?Limits? Present ?Limit? Future ?Limits?


No Present Interval at all


No Time at all