<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Zimmerman (Dean) - Temporary Intrinsics and Presentism (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_01/PaperSummary_1782.htm">Temporary Intrinsics and Presentism</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/Z/Author_Zimmerman (Dean).htm">Zimmerman (Dean)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Van Inwagen & Zimmerman - Metaphysics: The Big Questions</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_01/PaperSummary_1782.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_01/PaperCitings_1782.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_01/PapersToNotes_1782.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Introduction</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">David Lewis develops something like an antinomy concerning change which he calls  the problem of temporary intrinsics . The resolution of this puzzle provides his primary motivation for the acceptance of a metaphysics of temporal parts. Lewis s own discussion is extremely compressed, showing up as a digression in a book about <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modality</A><SUP>1</SUP>. So I shall set forth in some detail what I take to be his line of reasoning before suggesting that, at least for those philosophers who take seriously the distinction between past, present, and future, the argument poses no special threat. </ol></FONT><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Structure of Lewis s Argument</li><li>Serious Tensers and Presentists</li><li>Why Does Lewis Reject Presentism?</li><li>Postscript (<U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P1782_2">2005</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P1782_2"></A>): Can One  Take Tense Seriously and Be a B-Theorist?</li><li>B-Theorists and B-Theorists</li><li>What it Means to  Take Tense Seriously </li><li>Tensed and  Tenseless Verbs</li><li>De-tensing Strategies and Their Problems</li><li>The Metaphysics of Propositions and Nonrelative Temporary Truth</li><li>Consequences for the Arguments of  Temporary Intrinsics and Presentism </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Also - with an extensive Postscript (2005; <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21138.htm">Zimmerman (Dean) - Can One  Take Tense Seriously and Be a B-theorist?</A>") in <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1390.htm">Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. - Persistence : Contemporary Readings</A>".<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P1782_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P1782_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: This Postcript  and the following sections  was added to make up the version in <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1390.htm">Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. - Persistence : Contemporary Readings</A>", which is consequently much longer than that in <a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_418.htm">Van Inwagen (Peter) & Zimmerman (Dean) - Metaphysics: The Big Questions</A>". <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-03T00:16" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:16:07</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>