M. Joshua Mozersky

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199298204
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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Is there more to the world than the present moment? This question is one of the most basic one can ask about time. This chapter discusses presentism: the doctrine that everything is present—that, and only that, which is present exists—reviewing a quite different attack on presentism. Called the “truth-maker” or “grounding” objection, the idea is that the presentist's temporally impoverished resources are insufficient to allow him or her to say that statements about the past or future are truth-evaluable. So the presentist faces a quandary: the claim is true, yet there is nothing that makes it so.

Keywords: present; presentism; truth-evaluation; truth-maker

Article.  11546 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Science

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