Tense Theory
Botros (Sophie)
Source: Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: Part II (Time), Chapter 3
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Contents

    Introduction – 67
  1. A continuity that tolerates discontinuity – 68
    1. A spectrum of positions on time and change – 68
      1. Two intermediate positions: ‘simple temporal passage’ versus ‘alteration in properties’ – 68
    2. Difficulties raised by the notion of ‘alteration in properties’: eternalist solutions – 71
      1. The contradictory properties ascribed to distinct temporal parts – 72
      2. ‘But it must be the object itself which has the contradictory properties, otherwise it cannot lose or gain them’ – 72
      3. Sider’s stage theory: an attempt to meet the ‘proper subject condition’ – 74
      4. Haslanger and the denial that persistence requires identity – 76
      5. A lacuna in the eternalist account of the difficulty with change: Leibniz’s Law introduced – 77
      6. The problem of combining continuity and discontinuity again – 78
  2. Presentist and non-presentist tensed solutions – 79
    1. Presentism introduced – 79
      1. Presently existing ‘bearers’ contrasted with other notions of grounds, realist and verificationist – 80
      2. Lucretius and the idea that a past-tensed property can shift from one bearer to another – 81
    2. Advantages of presentism – 82
      1. A present with remarkable temporal ‘depth’ – 82
      2. Lucretius’s ‘shifting bearer’ – 83
    3. Objections to presentism – 85
    4. Non-presentist tensed theories: two proposals – 85
      1. Lowe: past and present as irreducibly tensed modes of existence – 86
  3. Truth-value link realists within the tensed-tenseless spectrum – 88
    1. Truth value link presentism and presentism – 88
    2. Truth value link realists and eternalism – 89
    3. Truth value link realism and non-presentist-tensed theory – 91
    4. Dummett’s charge regarding ‘living in time’ rejected – 93

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