Unfreezing the Spotlight: Tense Realism and Temporal Passage
Correia (Fabrice) & Rosenkranz (Sven)
Source: Analysis, published online on 26 June 2019
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  1. Realism about tense is the view that the contrast between what was, what is and what will be the case is real, and not merely a projection of our ways of thinking.
  2. Does this view entail realism about temporal passage, namely the view that time really passes, in the same sense of ‘real’?
  3. We argue that the answer is affirmative for many versions of tense realism, and indeed for all sensible versions.
  4. We thereby address an important conceptual issue regarding these two forms of realism and rebut recent claims that tense realism is compatible with anti-realism about temporal passage.


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