Tense and Relativity

Noûs 52 (3):667-696 (2018)
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Andrew Bacon
University of Southern California
Abstract
Those inclined to positions in the philosophy of time that take tense seriously have typically assumed that not all regions of space-time are equal: one special region of space-time corresponds to what is presently happening. When combined with assumptions from modern physics this has the unsettling consequence that the shape of this favored region distinguishes people in certain places or people traveling at certain velocities. In this paper I shall attempt to avoid this result by developing a tensed picture of reality that is nonetheless consistent with ‘hypersurface egalitarianism’—the view that all hypersurfaces are equal.
Keywords Tense  special relativity  A-theory  Temporalism  Permanentism  Moving spotlight  B-theory  Tense logic  Time
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DOI 10.1111/nous.12187
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