- In this paper, I try to make sense of the growing block view using Kit Fine’s three-fold classification of A-theoretic views of time.
- I begin by motivating the endeavor of making sense of the growing block view by examining John Earman’s project in ‘Reassessing the prospects for a growing block model of the universe’ (section 2).
- Next, I review Fine’s reconstruction of McTaggart’s argument and its accompanying three-fold classification of A-theoretic views (section 3).
- I then consider three interpretations of Earman’s growing block model: the hybrid growing block (section 4), the purely tensed growing block (section 5), and Michael Tooley’s growing block (section 6). I argue for three claims.
- First, Finean ‘standard’ versions of these views are less congenial to the growing blocker than ‘non-standard’ ones.
- Second, the hybrid view is problematic on either version.
- And third, ‘non-standard’ versions are not fully intelligible.
- I provide further support for the first and third of these claims and explain why I take them to support a minimal account of passage as succession, which undercuts some of the motivation for Earman’s project (section 7).
- Lastly, I answer three objections (section 8).
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