Self‐Locating Evidence and the Metaphysics of Time

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David Builes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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I argue that different views in the metaphysics of time make different observational predictions in both classical and relativistic cases. Because different views in the metaphysics of time differ over which facts are merely indexical facts, they make different observational predictions about certain self-locating propositions. I argue for this thesis by distinguishing the three main updating procedures that apply in cases of self-locating uncertainty, and I present a series of cases which cumulatively show that every one of these updating procedures distinguishes eternalism and presentism in both classical and relativistic settings.
Keywords Metaphysics of Time  Self-Locating Uncertainty
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DOI 10.1111/phpr.12514
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