<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Crisp (Thomas M.) - Presentism and 'Cross-Time' Relations (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_22/PaperSummary_22875.htm">Presentism and 'Cross-Time' Relations</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Crisp (Thomas M.).htm">Crisp (Thomas M.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 1 (Jan., 2005), pp. 5-17</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=200><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22875.htm">Paper Summary</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Abstract</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Presentists say that only present things exist. But their theory faces a well-known objection. Yesterday's downpour caused today's flood. So today's flood bears <em>the is caused</em> by relation to yesterday's downpour. But, one thinks, for a relation to hold between two things, both must exist. So it must not be the case that only present things exist, since yesterday's downpour is no longer present. So it must not be the case that presentism is true. </li><li>Call this the objection from "cross-time" relations. This paper will argue that presentists have an adequate reply to the objection from cross-time relations. After explaining the objection in more detail, the paper considers several replies on offer in the literature, arguing that none is entirely adequate as it stands. Finally, a new reply is considered and defended against an objection. </li></ol></FONT><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="2018-08-02T09:59" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:59:33</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>