Presentism : Essential Readings

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Presentism: Essential Readings contains writings-classic and contemporary-that acquaint the reader with different versions of presentism, standard philosophical and scientific objections to presentism, and their attempted solutions. Detailed introductions to each part of the book make the discussions accessible to students and those unfamiliar with this fascinating and controversial philosophy.
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  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 680.39g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739145002
  • 9780739145005
  • 1,812,496

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Much has been written on presentism in the last two decades, but these writings are largely scattered throughout the philosophical journals. This volume collects together both classic and contemporary papers on presentism. It is organized in a dialectically satisfying way such that the reader is guided through both the motivations for adopting presentism and the objections facing it. Each section has a helpful introduction that identifies and clarifies the main issues to be tackled by the following papers, and raises helpful questions to steer the reader through them. There is a good balance between papers that defend and those that criticize presentism. Anyone interested in the philosophy of time, and presentism in particular, will find this a valuable resource. -- Heather Dyke, University of Otago
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About Ernani Magalhaes

Ernani Magalhaes is adjunct professor of philosophy at West Virginia University. L. Nathan Oaklander is David M. French distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan-Flint.
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Table of contents

Part 1 General Introduction Part 2 Part One. Presentism and Temporal Becoming Chapter 3 Introduction. Presentism and Temporal Becoming Chapter 4 Chapter One. What is Time? Chapter 5 Chapter Two. The Unreality of Time Chapter 6 Chapter Three. Changes in Events and Changes in Things Chapter 7 Chapter Four. Is Presentness a Property? Chapter 8 Chapter Five. Presentism: A Critique Part 9 Part Two. Defining Presentism: The Triviality Objection Chapter 10 Introduction. Defining Presentism: The Triviality Objection Chapter 11 Chapter Six. The Presentist's Dilemma Chapter 12 Chapter Seven. On Presentism and Triviality Part 13 Part Three. Overviews of Presentism Chapter 14 Introduction. Overviews of Presentism Chapter 15 Chapter Eight. Presentism and Properties Chapter 16 Chapter Nine. A Theory of Presentism Chapter 17 Chapter Ten. A Defense of Transient Presentism Part 18 Part Four. The Case Against Presentism Chapter 19 Section One. Presentism and Inter-Temporal Relations Chapter 20 Introduction. Presentism and Inter-Temporal Relations Chapter 21 Chapter Eleven. Presentism and the Non-Present Chapter 22 Chapter Twelve. Presentism and the Problem of Cross-Time Relations Chapter 23 Section Two. Presentism and Relativity Chapter 24 Introduction. Presentism and Relativity Chapter 25 Chapter Thirteen. Time and Physical Geometry Chapter 26 Chapter Fourteen. A Defense of Presentism in a Relativistic Setting Chapter 27 Section Three. Presentism and Truthmaking Chapter 28 Introduction. Presentism and Truthmaking Chapter 29 Chapter Fifteen. Presentism and Truthmaking Chapter 30 Chapter Sixteen. Presentism and the Grounding Objection Part 31 Part Five. Presentism and Persistance Chapter 32 Introduction. Presentism and Persistence Chapter 33 Chapter Seventeen. Temporary Intrinsics and Presentism Chapter 34 Chapter Eighteen. On the Incompatibility of Enduring and Perduring Entities
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