The Moving Spotlight: An Essay on Time and Ontology

Oxford University Press (2015)
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Ross P. Cameron argues that the flow of time is a genuine feature of reality. He suggests that the best version of the A-Theory is a version of the Moving Spotlight view, according to which past and future beings are real, but there is nonetheless an objectively privileged present. Cameron argues that the Moving Spotlight theory should be viewed as having more in common with Presentism than with the B-Theory. Furthermore, it provides the best account of truthmakers for claims about what was or will be the case. Cameron goes on to defend an account of the open future, and argues that this is a better account than that available to the Growing Block theory.

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On Giving an Ontological Account of Tense

A central task for a metaphysical account of time is to say what it is in reality that gives rise to tensed truths. This chapter argues that this task looks very different depending on what meta-metaphysics one accepts. On the kind of view defended by Theodore Sider, every A-Theory involve... see more

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