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  1. Steven F. Savitt (2012). Of Time and the Two Images. Humana.Mente - Journal of Philosophical Studies 21.
    In this paper I argue that the clash of the Sellars’ two images is particularly acute in the case of time. In Time and the World Order Sellars seems embarked on a quest to locate manifest time in Minkowski spacetime. I suggest that he should have argued for the replacement of manifest time with the local, path-dependent time of the “scientific image”, just as he suggests that manifest objects must be replaced by their scientific counterparts.
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  2. Steven Savitt & Roberto Torretti (2011). Time in the Special Theory of Relativity. In Craig Callender (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time. Oxford University Press. 546--570.
  3. Steven Savitt (2010). Relativity, Locality and Tense. In. In Mauricio Suarez, Mauro Dorato & Miklos Redei (eds.), Epsa Philosophical Issues in the Sciences. Springer. 211--217.
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  4. Steven F. Savitt (2009). The Transient Nows. In. In Wayne C. Myrvold & Joy Christian (eds.), Quantum Reality, Relativistic Causality, and Closing the Epistemic Circle. Springer. 349--362.
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  5. Steven F. Savitt (2006). Introduction. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 (3):393.
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  6. Steven Savitt (2005). Time Travel and Becoming. The Monist 88 (3):413-422.
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  7. Steven Savitt, Presentism and Eternalism in Perspective.
    The distinction between presentism and eternalism is usually sought in some formula like ‘Only presently existing things exist’ or ‘Past, present, and future events are equally real’. I argue that ambiguities in the copula prevent these slogans from distinguishing significant opposed positions. I suggest in addition that one can find a series of significant distinctions if one takes spacetime structure into account. These presentisms and eternalisms are not contradictory. They are complementary elements of a complete naturalistic philosophy of time.
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  8. Steven Savitt (2004). Time and Space Barry Dainton Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001, Xiv + 386 Pp., $75.00, $29.95 Paper. [REVIEW] Dialogue 43 (01):174-.
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  9. Steven Savitt (2004). Time and Space. Dialogue 43 (1):174-174.
     
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  10. Steven Savitt (2002). On Absolute Becoming and the Myth of Passage. In Craig Callender (ed.), Time, Reality & Experience. 153-.
    I propose that the passage of time is the successive occurrence of sets of simultaneous events (assuming classical or Newtonian spacetime structure as background). This conception of passage, I claim, is lean enough to survive the criticisms of passage-deniers while robust enough to satisfy the needs of passage-affirmers. I undertake to describe and defend this minimal notion of passage.
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  11. Steven Savitt (2001). Palle Yourgrau, Gödel Meets Einstein: Time Travel in the Gödel Universe Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 21 (3):229-233.
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  12. Steven F. Savitt (2001). A Limited Defense of Passage. American Philosophical Quarterly 38 (3):261 - 270.
  13. Steven F. Savitt (2000). There's No Time Like the Present (in Minkowski Spacetime). Philosophy of Science 67 (3):574.
    Mark Hinchliff concludes a recent paper, "The Puzzle of Change," with a section entitled "Is the Presentist Refuted by the Special Theory of Relativity?" His answer is "no." I respond by arguing that presentists face great difficulties in merely stating their position in Minkowski spacetime. I round up some likely candidates for the job and exhibit their deficiencies.
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  14. Steven F. Savitt (1999). Critical Notice of John Earman Bangs, Crunches, Whimpers, and Shrieks. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (3):479-490.
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  15. Paul Bartha & Steven F. Savitt (1998). Second-Guessing Second Nature. Analysis 58 (4):252–263.
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  16. Martin Rudwick, Naomi Oreskes, David Oldroyd, David Philip Miller, Alan Chalmers, John Forge, David Turnbull, Peter Slezak, David Bloor, Craig Callender, Keith Hutchison, Steven Savitt & Huw Price (1996). Review Symposia. Metascience 5 (1):7-85.
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  17. Steven F. Savitt (1996). The Direction of Time. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (3):347-370.
    The aim of this essay is to introduce philosophers of science to some recent philosophical discussions of the nature and origin of the direction of time. The essay is organized around books by Hans Reichenbach, Paul Horwich, and Huw Price. I outline their major arguments and treat certain critical points in detail. I speculate at the end about the ways in which the subject may continue to develop and in which it may connect with other areas of philosophy.
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  18. Steven Frederick Savitt (ed.) (1995). Time's Arrows Today: Recent Physical and Philosophical Work on the Direction of Time. Cambridge University Press.
    While experience tells us that time flows from the past to the present and into the future, a number of philosophical and physical objections exist to this commonsense view of dynamic time. In an attempt to make sense of this conundrum, philosophers and physicists are forced to confront fascinating questions, such as: Can effects precede causes? Can one travel in time? Can the expansion of the Universe or the process of measurement in quantum mechanics define a direction in time? In (...)
     
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  19. Steven F. Savitt (1994). Is Classical Mechanics Time Reversal Invariant? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (3):907-913.
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  20. Steven F. Savitt (1994). The Replacement of Time. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72 (4):463 – 474.
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  21. Morris Lipson & Steven Savitt (1993). A Dilemma for Causal Reliabilist Theories of Knowledge. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):55 - 74.
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  22. Steven Savitt (1993). Selective Scientific Realism, Constructive Empiricism, and the Unification of Theories. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 18 (1):154-165.
  23. Steven F. Savitt (1993). The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics R. I. G. Hughes Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard University Press, 1989, Ix + 369 Pp., US$42.50. [REVIEW] Dialogue 32 (04):833-.
  24. Steven F. Savitt (1992). Palle Yourgrau, The Disappearance of Time Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 12 (3):223-225.
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  25. Steven F. Savitt (1992). World Enough and Space-Time. Dialogue 31 (04):701-.
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  26. Steven F. Savitt (1991). Critical Notice. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 21 (3):399-417.
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  27. Steven F. Savitt (1990). 2-Avslmme. City ofqod (llartnottdsworthz Penguin Books, 1984). _. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41:461-472.
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  28. Steven F. Savitt (1990). Epistemological Time Asymmetry. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:317 - 324.
    In a recent book, Asymmetries in Time, Paul Horwich presents a systematic account of various temporal asymmetries, including a neo-Reichenbachian account of the (apparent) fact that we know more about the past than the future, the epistemological time asymmetry. I find some obscurities in Horwich's presentation, however, and I argue that when his view is understood in a way that I shall propose, it does represent an advance on Reichenbach's, but it fails to vindicate Horwich's "main point...that our special knowledge (...)
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  29. Steven F. Savitt (1987). Absolute Informational Content. Synthese 70 (February):185-90.
  30. Steven F. Savitt (1986). Foundations of Space-Time Theories: Relativistic Physics Philosophy of Science Michael Friedman Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1983. Pp. Xvi, 385. $35.00. [REVIEW] Dialogue 25 (02):388-.
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  31. Steven F. Savitt (1983). Fred I. Dretske, Knowledge and the Flow of Information Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 3 (2):55-58.
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  32. Steven F. Savitt (1982). Searle's Demon and the Brain Simulator. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 5 (2):342.
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  33. Steven F. Savitt (1982). Tachyon Signals, Causal Paradoxes, and the Relativity of Simultaneity. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:277 - 292.
    Some elementary properties of tachyons are described and then it is argued that the claim that (T) Tachyons exist, is incompatible with the truth of the Special Theory of Relativity (STR). First it is argued that from T, STR, and the negation of the principle that (Pl) Effect never precedes cause, one can derive a paradoxical conclusion, one of the so-called "causal paradoxes". An obvious response is to affirm (Pl), but then it is argued that (Pl) and (T) entail that (...)
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  34. Steven F. Savitt (1979). Davidson's Psycho-Physical Anomalism. Nature and System 1 (September):203-213.
     
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  35. Steven F. Savitt (1977). The Structure of Scientific Theories, Edited and with a Critical Introduction by Frederick Suppe. Dialogue 16 (02):328-345.
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  36. Steven F. Savitt (1974). Rorty's Disappearance Theory. Philosophical Studies 28 (6):433-36.
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  37. Steven Savitt (1972). I-Counting is Counting. Philosophy of Science 39 (1):72-73.
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  38. Steven Savitt (1969). Review: Jens Erik Fenstad, On the Completeness of Some Transfinite Recursive Progressions of Axiomatic Theories. [REVIEW] Journal of Symbolic Logic 34 (1):131-131.
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