Theodore Sider

in Writing the Book of the World

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697908
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732096 | DOI:

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The concept of structure helps clarify what is at stake in the notoriously obscure debate over whether time passes. One issue ‐ that of presentism ‐ is ontological, and thus is a substantive one given ontological realism. But a further issue is that of which temporal notions carve at the joints: defenders of time’s passage say that tense operators, rather than temporal predicates, carve at the joints. Further, defenders of time’s passage make distinctive claims about which statements are “saturated” ‐ have all their parameters “filled in”, as Timothy Williamson puts it. In fact, different versions of the doctrine of time’s passage may be distinguished by their different claims about which statements are saturated.

Keywords: time’s passage; A‐theory; spatializing; presentism; Prior; Williamson; saturation; genuine change; genuine contingency; tense operators

Chapter.  13655 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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