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. 43883 words.
Subjects: Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Science
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