Acta Analytica 35 (2):195-211 (2019)

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James Norton
University of Iceland
Naoyuki Kajimoto
University of Sydney
Kristie Miller
University of Sydney
Abstract
Eternalists believe that there is no ontological difference between the past, present and future. Thus, a challenge arises: in virtue of what does time have a direction? Some eternalists, Oaklander and Tegtmeier ) argue that the direction of time is primitive. A natural response to positing primitive directionality is the suspicion that said posit is too mysterious to do any explanatory work. The aim of this paper is to relieve primitive directionality of some of its mystery by offering a novel way to understand the phenomenon in terms of the recently popularised notion of grounding.
Keywords grounding  time  B-theory  temporal direction  primitive direction
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