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Past, present and future modally introduced

Placek, Tomasz (2019) Past, present and future modally introduced. [Preprint]

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Abstract

We investigate the concepts of past, present, and future that build upon a modal distinction between a settled past and an open future. The concepts are defined in terms of a pre-causal ordering that is determined by the qualitative differences between alternative possible histories. We look what an event's past, present, and future look like in the so-called Minkowskian Branching Structures, one in which histories are isomorphic to Minkowski space-time.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Placek, Tomasztomasz.placek@uj.edu.pl
Additional Information: To appear in Synthese
Keywords: tenses, modality, theory of relativity, branching space-times
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Tomasz Placek
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 18:30
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 18:30
Item ID: 16165
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 29 June 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16165

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