The Ontology of the Past: Whitehead and Santayana

Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14 (3):219-231 (2000)
Leemon McHenry
California State University, Northridge
This essay examines the question of the ontological basis for historical propositions and contrasts the positions of A. N. Whitehead and George Santayana, i.e., presentism vs. eternalism. I argue that Whitehead's presentism is a more satisfactory solution to how propositions refer to the past.
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