David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Metaphysica 9 (2):173-191 (2008)
Here are some intuitions we have about the nature of space and time. There is something fundamentally different about the past, present, and future. What is definitive of the past is that the past events are fixed. What is definitive of the future is that future events are not fixed. What is definitive of the present is that it marks the objective ontological border between the past and the future and, by doing so, instantiates a particularly salient phenomenological property of nowness. Call the combination of these intuitions according to which there exists an objective present, a fixed past, and an open future, the intuitive view. I argue that, given the intuitive view, the possibility of backwards causation—and hence, for instance, backwards time travel—is problematic
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Graham Oddie (1990). Backwards Causation and the Permanence of the Past. Synthese 85 (1):71 - 93.
Matthew H. Slater (2005). The Necessity of Time Travel (On Pain of Indeterminacy). The Monist 88 (3):362-369.
Nataša Rakić (1997). Past, Present, Future, and Special Relativity. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (2):257-280.
Natasa Rakic (1997). Past, Present, Future, and Special Relativity. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (2):257-280.
Michael Tooley (2000). Time, Tense, and Causation. Oxford University Press.
Tom Stoneham (2009). Time and Truth: The Presentism-Eternalism Debate. Philosophy 84 (2):201-218.
Allan Hazlett (2011). How the Past Depends on the Future. Ratio 24 (2):167-175.
Ned Markosian (forthcoming). The Truth About the Past and the Future. In Fabrice Correia & Andrea Iacona (eds.), Around the Tree: Semantic and Metaphysical Issues Concerning Branching Time and the Open Future. Springer.
Eric Olson (2009). The Passage of Time. In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge.
Elizabeth Barnes & Ross Cameron (2009). The Open Future: Bivalence, Determinism and Ontology. Philosophical Studies 146 (2):291 - 309.
Leena Kakkori (2013). Education and the Concept of Time. Educational Philosophy and Theory 45 (5):571-583.
Dean Zimmerman (2011). Presentism and the Space-Time Manifold. In Craig Callender (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time. Oxford University Press. 163--246.
Bradford Skow (2012). Why Does Time Pass? Noûs 46 (2):223-242.
Ned Markosian (1995). The Open Past. Philosophical Studies 79 (1):95 - 105.
Added to index2010-08-24
Total downloads58 ( #25,369 of 1,096,734 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #53,739 of 1,096,734 )
How can I increase my downloads?