Temporal language and temporal reality

Philosophical Quarterly 53 (212):380–391 (2003)
In response to a recent challenge that the New B-theory of Time argues invalidly from the claim that tensed sentences have tenseless truth conditions to the conclusion that temporal reality is tenseless, I argue that while early B-theorists may have relied on some such inference, New B-theorists do not. Giving tenseless truth conditions for tensed sentences is not intended to prove that temporal reality is tenseless. Rather, it is intended to undermine the A-theorist’s move from claims about the irreducibility of tensed language to the conclusion that temporal reality must be tensed. I then examine how A-theorists have used facts about language in attempting to establish their conclusions about the nature of temporal reality. I take the recent work of William Lane Craig and argue that he implicitly and illicitly moves from facts about temporal language to his conclusion that temporal reality is tensed.
Keywords Time  Temporal Language  A-theory and B-theory
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DOI 10.1111/1467-9213.00319
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E. Lowe (1998). Tense and Persistence. In Robin Le~Poidevin (ed.), Questions of Time and Tense. Oxford University Press 43--59.

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M. J. Cresswell (2006). Now is the Time. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (3):311 – 332.

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