Temporal Fictionalism for a Timeless World


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Sam Baron
Australian Catholic University
Jonathan Tallant
Nottingham University
Kristie Miller
University of Sydney
Abstract
Current debate in the metaphysics of time ordinarily assumes that we should be realists about time. Recently, however, a number of physicists and philosophers of physics have proposed that time will play no role in a completed theory of quantum gravity. This paper defends fictionalism about temporal thought, on the supposition that our world is timeless. We argue that, in the face of timeless physical theories, realism about temporal thought is unsustainable: some kind of anti-realism must be adopted. We go on to provide an argument against eliminativism about temporal thought. While it doesn't follow from this argument that fictionalism about temporal thought is true, we suggest that this nonetheless shows that fictionalism should be regarded as the preferred view.
Keywords time  timelessness  fictionalism  agency
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DOI 10.1111/phpr.12637
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