- This chapter is devoted to the question of how different views of time bear on our nature and interests.
- Eternalism says that past and future things are as real as present things. Does it follow that our lives are fated to unfold in certain ways?
- According to presentism, neither past nor future things exist.
- A third view of time, the growing-block view, says that while past and present things exist, future things do not.
- Neither presentism nor the growing-block view seems to suggest fatalism, but do they imply that we do not exist in the future, and that, consequently, nothing that happens in the future can affect us?
- Hawley denies that eternalism supports fatalism, and she denies that presentism or the growing-block view implies that what we do now cannot affect the future, since, on all three views, what happens now has a causal effect on what will happen in the future. She goes on to explain how different views of time are related to different views about how people and other things persist over time.
- Issues about life and death seem intertwined with issues about persistence and time: we live as long as we persist through time, and our deaths seem to mark the limits of our persistence. Metaphysicians have thought deeply about the nature of time, and about what it is for things in general to persist though time.
- In this chapter I outline some metaphysical views about time, and about persistence, and discuss how they can help us clarify our thinking about life and death.
- Time and Existence
- Persistence Through Time
- Time, Existence, and Death
- Existence and Posthumous Harms and Benefits
- Cross-Space Relations and Non-Causal Determination
- Cross-Time Relations and Non-Causal Determination
- Well-Being and Cross-Time Relations
- See Link (Defunct).
- Book Chapter, but pdf downloaded from Cambridge Core. Filed in zip with full book.
Footnote 1: Taken from "Luper (Steven) - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death: Introduction".
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