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In philosophy of time, the view that change involves time is widely accepted and beyond doubt. Its counterpart, namely that time involves change has also been supported by many philosophers since Aristotle, but Sidney Shoemaker tried to undermine this view. In this paper I am going to set out what Shoemaker’s argument is, and I will put forth reasons why it does not accomplish its goal. The point will focus in the logical impossibility to conceive the scenario that Shoemaker propounds, due to a double interpretation he does concerning temporary dependent properties, since he explicitly sets aside these properties because they probably cannot be regarded as genuine change, but I will try to show that he actually does consider them as genuine implicitly to develop his argument. The contradiction leaves us in good position to conclude that given Shoemaker’s scenario, time without change remains logically impossible.

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