Quantitative Parsimony and the Metaphysics of Time: Motivating Presentism

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In this paper I argue that presentism —the view that only present objects exist—can be motivated, at least to some degree, by virtue of the fact that it is more quantitatively parsimonious than rival views
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy of Mind
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DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2012.00617.x
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