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Demarcating presentism

Wuthrich, Christian (2010) Demarcating presentism. In: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    This paper argues that recent arguments to the effect that the debate between presentism and eternalism lacks any metaphysical substance ultimately fail, although important lessons can be gleaned from them in how to formulate a non-vacuous version of presentism. It suggests that presentism can best be characterized in the context of spacetime theories. The resulting position is an ersatzist version of presentism that admits merely non-present entities as abstracta deprived of physical existence. Ersatzist presentism both escapes the charges of triviality and promises to offer a route to solving the grounding problem which befalls its more traditional cousins.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: presentism, eternalism, philosophy of time, trivialization
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Christian Wuthrich
    Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5268
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5268

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