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  1. Franklin Mason (2008). Presentism and the Special Theory. Philo 11 (1):19-49.
    Presentism—the thesis that only those things that are present exist—seems to face an insurmountable barrier in the Special Theory ofRelativity (STR). For the STR entails that simultaneity, and so the present, are relative to inertial frame. But if the present is the real and the present is relative, so too is in the real relative. But this cannot be. The real is absolute. But what is the Presentist to do? I suggest that she craft an alternative to the STR that (...)
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  2. Franklin Mason (2008). The Grounds of Moral Considerability. Philo 11 (2):145-164.
    Not all beings matter from the moral point of view. But how are we to distinguish those that do from those that do not? Some argue that mere sentience alone makes a being matter morally. Others argue that an ability to set ends and thus to place value on those ends is necessary for moral value. I break from these views and argue for a radically more inclusive account of the source of moral value. What makes a being matter morally (...)
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  3. Franklin Mason (2006). What is Presentism? Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (1):107-128.
    Presentism has received much scrutiny of late, yet little has been said of its definition. Many assume that it means simply that all that exists, exists at present. However, this definition will not do. It is defective in a multiplicity of ways. I consider and reject each of a number of intuitive ways in which to amend it. Each carries us a bit closer to our goal, but not until the end do we reach a definition that is wholly satisfactory. (...)
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  4. Jacqueline Mariña & Franklin Mason (2001). Aristotle as A-Theorist: Overcoming the Myth of Passage. Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (2):169-192.
    Debate about the nature of time has been dominated by discussion of two issues: the reality of absolute time and the reality of A-series. We argue that Aristotle adopts a form of the A-theory entailing a denial of the reality of absolute time. Furthermore, Aristotle's denial of absolute time is linked to a denial of the reality of pure temporal becoming, namely, the idea that the now moves through a fixed continuum along which events are arranged in chronological order. We (...)
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  5. Jacqueline Marina & Franklin Mason (2001). Malebranche's Distinction Between General and Particular Volitions, Andrew Pessin. Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (2).
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  6. F. Mason (2001). Parts and Places: The Structures of Spatial Representation. Philosophical Review 110 (3):479-481.
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  7. Franklin Mason (2001). Transient Time and the Persistence of the Concrete. Philosophia 28 (1-4):491-501.
    I suggest that Carter and Hestevold's arguments for L1 and L2 can be given a chance to succeed if (i) everywhere in them that we find an occurrence of the thesis Transient Time we replace it with an occurrence of Presentism, and (ii) everywhere in them that we find an occurrence of the thesis Static Time we replace it with an occurrence of Presentism's denial. I'm fairly confident that their arguments for L1 would succeed if these changes were made. (If (...)
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  8. Franklin Mason (2000). How Not to Prove the Existence of 'Atomless Gunk'. Ratio 13 (2):175–185.
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  9. Franklin C. Mason (1997). The Presence of Experience and Two Theses About Time. Southern Journal of Philosophy 35 (1):75-89.
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  10. John W. Murphy, Julien S. Murphy, Francis M. Mason, Yuri Tuvim, Michael M. Boll & J. L. Black (1988). Reviews. [REVIEW] Studies in East European Thought 36 (4):251-264.
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  11. James Sully & Frances A. Mason (1888). On "Feeling as Indifference". Mind 13 (50):248-255.
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