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Objective Becoming

Bradford Skow


Does time pass? This book takes up this central question of metaphysics and defends the “block universe” theory of time, often said to be a theory according to which time does not pass. Since this can be a misleading thing to say a distinction is drawn between “anemic” passage of time and “robust” passage of time; the thesis of the book is that there is no robust passage of time, or “objective becoming.” There are in-depth discussions of alternative theories of time, some of which are theories of robust passage: presentism, the moving spotlight theory of time, the growing block theory of time, ... More

Keywords: metaphysics, time, becoming, presentism, temporal experience, special relativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198713272
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713272.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bradford Skow, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology