Can time flow at different rates? The differential passage of A-ness

Philosophical Studies:1-26 (forthcoming)

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Kristie Miller
University of Sydney
James Norton
University of Iceland
Abstract
According to the No Alternate Possibilities (NAP) argument, (1) if time passes then the rate at which it passes could be different but (2) time cannot pass at different rates, and hence (3) time cannot pass. Typically, defenders of the NAP argument have focussed on defending premise (1), and have taken the truth of (2) for granted: they accept the orthodox view of rate necessitarianism. In this paper we argue that the defender of the NAP argument needs to turn her attention to (2). We describe a series of worlds that appear to contain differential passage: worlds where time passes at different rates in different subregions. If the NAP argument is to succeed, rate necessitarians must show that each of these worlds is either metaphysically impossible, or does not contain differential passage.
Keywords temporal passage  rates of passage  A-theory
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-020-01430-1
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