<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Forrest (Peter) - The Real but Dead past: A Reply to Braddon-Mitchell (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_22879.htm">The Real but Dead past: A Reply to Braddon-Mitchell</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/F/Author_Forrest (Peter).htm">Forrest (Peter)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Analysis, Vol. 64, No. 4 (Oct., 2004), pp. 358-362</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22879.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperCitings_22879.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Introduction</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In <a name="1"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22819.htm">Braddon-Mitchell (David) - How Do We Know It Is Now Now?</A>", David Braddon-Mitchell (2004) develops an objection to No Futurism (also known as the Growing Block theory) that the past is real but the future is not. He notes my response to this, namely that the past, although real, is lifeless and (a fortiori?) lacking in sentience. He argues, however, that this response, which I call the Past is Dead hypothesis is not tenable if combined with Special Relativity. </li><li>My purpose in this reply is to argue that, on the contrary, Special Relativity supports No Futurism or Presentism at the expense of the Parmenidean position that past and future are both real. </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 09:59:36</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>