Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 99 (2):270-292 (2018)

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Daniel Deasy
University College Dublin
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According to the A-theory of time some instant of time is absolutely present. Many reject the A-theory on the grounds that it is inconsistent with current spacetime physics, which appears to leave no room for absolute presentness. However, some reject the A-theory on purely philosophical grounds. In this article I describe three purely philosophical arguments against the A-theory and show that there are plausible A-theoretic responses to each of them. I conclude that, whatever else is wrong with the A-theory, it is not obviously a philosophically suspect theory.
Keywords Metaphysics  Time  A-theory  B-theory  McTaggart
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12151
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