Tenseless times

Philosophical Studies 172 (12):3221-3227 (2015)

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Joshua Rasmussen
Azusa Pacific University
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I develop a new theory of times. I show how to analyze times as tenselessly describable “abstract” entities. Some philosophers make use of ersatz times, which are abstract entities such as maximal states of affairs that bear earlier than and later than relations to one another. Although these times are normally thought to exemplify A-properties that cannot be expressed in a purely tenseless language, I explain how a tenseless theory can accommodate abstract times. I do this by defending Rasmussen’s tenseless presentism against a recent objection, and getting on the table a new theory of time that combines eternalism with a B-series of genuine, abstract times. The result is a new way to think about a familiar category: time
Keywords Presentism  Tenseless  Eternalism  Times  A-theory  A-properties
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-015-0466-5
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