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The Moving Spotlight: An Essay on Time and Ontology

Ross P. Cameron


This book argues that the best version of the A-Theory is a version of the Moving Spotlight view. Past and future beings are real, but there is nonetheless an objectively privileged present. It is argued that the Moving Spotlight theory should be viewed as having more in common with Presentism—the view that reality is limited to the present—than with the B-Theory—the view that time is just another dimension like space through which things are spread out. The Moving Spotlight view, on this picture, agrees with Presentism that everything is the way it is now, it simply thinks that non-present be ... More

Keywords: time, Moving Spotlight, Presentism, A-Theory, B-Theory, open future, truthmakers, McTaggart, Growing Block

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198713296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ross P. Cameron, author
University of Virginia