The Boundary of Time

A quote from John Deely, Four Ages of Understanding: The First Postmodern Survey of Philosophy from Ancient Times to the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

“The present, then, as I am defining it here, is the exclusive preserve of the living. The boundary of time is then the separation of no longer living from the not yet dead, on the one side, and the further separation of the not yet dead from not yet living, on the other side. The already dead define the past. The not yet living define the future. The not yet dead define the present, the moment of our shared discourse.”