Characterising Theories of Time and Modality

Analytic Philosophy 60 (3):283-305 (2019)

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Daniel Deasy
University College Dublin
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Recently, some authors – call them Reformists – have argued that the traditional Presentism-Eternalism and Actualism-Possibilism debates in the metaphysics of time and modality respectively are unclear or insubstantial, and should therefore give way to the newer Temporaryism-Permanentism and Contingentism- Necessitism debates. In ‘On characterising the presentism/eternalism and actualism/possibilism debates’ (2016, Analytic Philosophy 57: 110-140), Ross Cameron defends the Conservative position that the traditional debates are both substantial and distinct from the Temporaryism-Permanentism and Contingentism- Necessitism debates. In this paper I provide a Reformist response to Cameron’s arguments.
Keywords Metaphysics  Time  Modality  Presentism
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DOI 10.1111/phib.12147
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