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A Future for Presentism

Craig Bourne


This book concerns the nature of time. It shows how presentism, the view that only the present exists, can be defended. Part I of the book shows how presentism is the only viable alternative to the tenseless theory of time. It then develops a framework for solving problems traditionally associated with the position, such as finding truthmakers for past‐tensed statements; McTaggart's argument; the need for other times other than the present time; how to give the proper semantics for future contingent statements; how to deal with transtemporal relations between the past and the present; how we c ... More

Keywords: time, presentism, truthmakers, McTaggart, future contingents, transtemporal relations, causation, Newcomb's problem, relativity, expanding universe, Gödel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212804
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Bourne, author
Pembroke College, Cambridge
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