Presentism and the Space‐Time Manifold

Dean W. Zimmerman

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

Presentism and the Space‐Time Manifold

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This chapter seeks to defend a version of presentism. Presentism faces a conflict with relativity theory in physics. Relativity theory affirms the relativity of simultaneity, a thesis that immediately threatens presentism. The chapter develops a theory that aims to escape this difficulty. The main problems for presentism it discusses are: Theodore Sider's argument that presentists lack adequate grounds for physically important cross-temporal relations involving motion; and objections based on inconsistency with relativity, especially those based on alleged inconsistency with special relativity.

Keywords: relativity theory; presentism; cross-temporal relations; Theodore Sider; motion

Article.  43821 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Science

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