Presentism and Absence Causation: An Exercise in Mimicry

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (2):323-332 (2009)
If _presentism_ is true, then no wholly non-present events exist. If _absence orthodoxy_ is true, then no absences exist. I discuss a well-known causal argument against presentism, and develop a very similar argument against absence orthodoxy. I argue that solutions to the argument against absence orthodoxy can be adopted by the presentist as solutions to the argument against presentism. The upshot is that if the argument against absence orthodoxy fails, then so does the argument against presentism
Keywords Metaphysics  Philosophy of Time  Presentism  Absence Causation
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