David M. Armstrong

in Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590612
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723391 | DOI:

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Truthmaker and other arguments are presented to show the implausibility, at least, of Presentism (only the present exists) and the more plausible Growing Block theory (the past exists but not the future). Omnitemporalism (all times exist) is the theory that goes naturally with truthmaker Maximalism. The animal need to ‘live in the present’ may explain the psychological attractiveness of Presentism, and the lack of secure knowledge of the future, an epistemological lack, may bolster Growing block views.

Keywords: truthmakers; presentism; growing block; Michael Tooley; omnitemporalism

Chapter.  1196 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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