Synthese 199 (3-4):10569-10585 (2021)

Giacomo Andreoletti
School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen
Giuseppe Spolaore
University of Padua
This paper explores mutable futurism, the view according to which the future can literally change—that is, it can happen that a future time t changes from containing an event E to lacking it. Mutable futurism has received little attention so far, and the details and implications of the view are underexplored in the literature. For instance, it currently lacks a precise metaphysical model and a formal semantics. Although we do not endorse mutable futurism, our goal here is to strengthen the case for mutable futurism and help establish it as a worthy contender in the debate on the philosophy of time. To attain this goal, we try to make mutable futurism, along with its metaphysical and inferential commitments, as clear as possible, by providing it with a coherent metaphysical model and a plausible semantics, and we show that it can be backed by theoretical reasons.
Keywords Time  Future  Change  A-theory  Time Travel  Free will  Mutable Futurism
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-021-03259-5
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