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L. Nathan Oaklander
University of Michigan - Flint
  1. The New Theory of Time.L. Nathan Oaklander & Quentin Smith (eds.) - 1994 - Yale Up.
    The Preface and the General Introduction to the book set the debate within the wider philosophical context and show why the subject of temporal becoming is a perennial concern of science, religion, language, logic, and the philosophy of ...
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    Review of R eal Time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1985 - Noûs 19 (1):105-111.
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    The ontology of time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2004 - Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books.
    L. Nathan Oaklander is one of the leading philosophers of time defending the tenseless or B-Theory of time. He has remained at the forefront of this field since the early 1980s and today he is arguably the most formidable opponent of the tensed or A-theory of time. Much of the direction of the debate in this field for the past twenty years or so, especially in regards to the new tenseless theory of time, has been influenced by Oaklander's work. This (...)
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  4. A-, B and R-theories of Time: A Debate.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2012 - In Adrian Bardon (ed.), The Future of the Philosophy of Time. Boston, MA, USA; Berlin, Munich: pp. 1-24.
     
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    A defence of the new tenseless theory of time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1991 - Philosophical Quarterly 41 (162):26-38.
  6. The Ontology of Time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2006 - Philosophical Quarterly 56 (225):622-624.
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  7. McTaggart’s Paradox and Crisp’s Presentism.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2010 - Philosophia 38 (2):229-241.
    In his review of The Ontology of Time, Thomas Crisp (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2005a ) argues that Oaklander's version of McTaggart's paradox does not make any trouble for his version of presentism. The aim of this paper is to refute that claim by demonstrating that Crisp's version of presentism does indeed succumb to a version of McTaggart's argument. I shall proceed as follows. In Part I I shall explain Crisp's view and then argue in Part II that his analysis (...)
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    Temporal Realism and the R-Theory.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2014 - In Javier Cumpa, Greg Jesson & Guido Bonino (eds.), Defending Realism: Ontological and Epistemological Investigations. De Gruyter. pp. 123-140.
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  9. Do We Really Need a New B-theory of Time?Francesco Orilia & L. Nathan Oaklander - 2015 - Topoi 34 (1):1-14.
    It is customary in current philosophy of time to distinguish between an A- (or tensed) and a B- (or tenseless) theory of time. It is also customary to distinguish between an old B-theory of time, and a new B-theory of time. We may say that the former holds both semantic atensionalism and ontological atensionalism, whereas the latter gives up semantic atensionalism and retains ontological atensionalism. It is typically assumed that the B-theorists have been induced by advances in the philosophy of (...)
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  10. Introduction: McTaggart's Paradox and the Tensed Theory of Time.”.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1994 - In L. Nathan Oaklander & Quentin Smith (eds.), The New Theory of Time. Yale Up. pp. 157--162.
     
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  11. Presentism, Ontology and Temporal Experience.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2002 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 50:73-90.
    In a recent article, ‘Tensed Time and Our Differential Experience of the Past and Future,’ William Lane Craig attempts to resuscitate A. N. Prior's ‘Thank Goodness’ argument against the B-theory by combining it with Plantinga's views about basic beliefs. In essence Craig's view is that since there is a universal experience and belief in the objectivity of tense and the reality of becoming, ‘this belief constitutes an intrinsic defeater-defeater which overwhelms the objections brought against it.’ An intrinsic defeater-defeater is a (...)
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  12. Freedom and the new theory of time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1998 - In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), Questions of Time and Tense. Oxford University Press. pp. 185-205.
  13. The Problem of our Experience of Time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1994 - In L. Nathan Oaklander & Quentin Smith (eds.), The New Theory of Time. Yale Up. pp. 289-292.
     
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  14. The new tenseless theory of time: A reply to Smith.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1990 - Philosophical Studies 58 (3):287 - 292.
    Quentin Smith has argued (Philosophical Studies, 1987, pp. 371-392) that the token-reflexive and the date versions of the new tenseless theory of time are open to insurmountable difficulties. I argue that Smith's central arguments are irrelevant since they rest upon methodological assumptions accepted by the old tenseless theory, but rejected by the new tenseless theory.
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  15. On the Experience of Tenseless Time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1993 - Journal of Philosophical Research 18:159-166.
    Defending the tenseless theory of time requires dealing adequately with the experience of temporal becoming. The issue centers on whether the defender of tenseless time can provide an adequate analysis of the presence of experience and the appropriateness of certain of our attitudes toward future and past events. By responding to a recent article, ‘Passage and the Presenee of Experience’, by H. Scott Hestevold, I shall attempt to show that adequate analysis of tenseless time is possible.
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    Loux on Particulars: Bare and Concrete.L. Nathan Oaklander & Alicia Rothstein - 2000 - Modern Schoolman 78 (102):97-102.
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    Debates in the Metaphysics of Time.L. Nathan Oaklander (ed.) - 2014 - London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    A selection of lively debates in the philosophy of time that outline, defend and object to contemporary issues in metaphysics, consciousness and God.
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    On the Experience of Tenseless Time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1993 - Journal of Philosophical Research 18:159-166.
    Defending the tenseless theory of time requires dealing adequately with the experience of temporal becoming. The issue centers on whether the defender of tenseless time can provide an adequate analysis of the presence of experience and the appropriateness of certain of our attitudes toward future and past events. By responding to a recent article, ‘Passage and the Presenee of Experience’, by H. Scott Hestevold, I shall attempt to show that adequate analysis of tenseless time is possible.
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    Common Sense, Ontology and Time: A Critique of Lynne Rudder Baker's View of Temporal Reality.L. Nathan Oaklander - forthcoming - Manuscrito 39 (4):117-156.
    ABSTRACT The aim of this paper is twofold: First, to critically discuss Lynne Rudder's Baker BA-theory of time, and second to contrast it with the R-theory (after Russell). In the course of my discussion I will contrast three different methodological approaches regarding the relation between common sense and ontology; clarify Russell's authentic view in contrast to the B-theory which is McTaggart's misrepresentation of Russell, and consider how the R-theory can respond to objections Baker makes to eternalism (as she understands it).
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    Thank Goodness It's over.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1992 - Philosophy 67 (260):256 - 258.
  21. Dolev's Metaphysical Anti-Realism: A Critique.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2014 - In Debates in the Metaphysics of Time. New York, NY, USA and London, UK: Bloomsbury. pp. 1-29.
     
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    Mctaggart S Paradox Defended.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2002 - Metaphysica 3 (1):11-25.
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  23. Mc Taggart's paradox revisited.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1994 - In L. Nathan Oaklander & Quentin Smith (eds.), The New Theory of Time. Yale Up. pp. 211-213.
     
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    Particulars, positional qualities, and individuation.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1977 - Philosophy of Science 44 (3):478-490.
    In this paper I attempt to show that an argument offered by Bergmann and Hausman against positional qualities and for bare particulars as individuators is unsound. I proceed by giving two ontological assays of an ordinary thing and showing that the entity that individuates on one assay--a bare particular--does not provide deeper ontological ground of individuation than the entity that individuates on the other assay--a positional quality. Since the argument for particulars is based on the premise that only particulars can (...)
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    Time, Change and Freedom: Introduction to Metaphysics.Quentin Smith & L. Nathan Oaklander - 1995 - Mind 107 (425):253-256.
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    The Best of Times.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2017 - The Philosophers' Magazine 79:44-49.
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  27. Mctaggart's paradox and Smith's tensed theory of time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1996 - Synthese 107 (2):205 - 221.
    Since McTaggart first proposed his paradox asserting the unreality of time, numerous philosophers have attempted to defend the tensed theory of time against it. Certainly, one of the most highly developed and original is that put forth by Quentin Smith. Through discussing McTaggart's positive conception of time as well as his negative attack on its reality, I hope to clarify the dispute between those who believe in the existence of the transitory temporal properties of pastness, presentness and futurity, and those (...)
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  28. Time, Change and Freedom: An Introduction to Metaphysics.L. Nathan Oaklander & Quentin Smith - 1995 - New York: Routledge. Edited by L. Nathan Oaklander.
    First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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    Temporal Relations and Temporal Becoming: A Defense of a Russellian Theory of Time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (1):142-143.
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  30. Temporal Relations and Temporal Becoming--A Defense of a Russellian Theory of Time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1987 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (1):133-136.
     
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    The philosophy of time.L. Nathan Oaklander (ed.) - 2008 - New York: Routledge.
    What is the nature of temporal passage—the movement of events or moments of time from the future through the present into the past? Is the future and the past as real as the present, or is the present—or perhaps the present and the past—all that exists? What role, if any, does language play in giving us an insight into temporal reality? Is it possible to travel through time into distant regions of the future or the past? What accounts for the (...)
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  32. Craig on Mctaggart's paradox and the problem of temporary intrinsics.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1999 - Analysis 59 (4):314–318.
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    Mctaggart's Paradox and the Infinite Regress of Temporal Attributions: A Reply to Smith.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1987 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 25 (3):425-431.
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  34. Presentism: A Critique.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2002 - In Hallvard Lillehammer & G. Rodriguez Pereyra (eds.), Real Metaphysics: Essays in Honour of D. H. Mellor, With His Replies. London, UK: pp. 196-211.
     
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    Zeilicovici on temporal becoming.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1992 - Philosophia 21 (3-4):329-334.
  36. Two Versions of the New Theory of B-Language.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2008 - In The philosophy of time. New York: Routledge. pp. 271-303.
     
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  37. B-time: a reply to Tallant.L. Nathan Oaklander & V. Alan White - 2007 - Analysis 67 (4):332-340.
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  38. Russell, negative facts, and ontology.L. Nathan Oaklander & Silvano Miracchi - 1980 - Philosophy of Science 47 (3):434-455.
    Russell's introduction of negative facts to account for the truth of "negative" sentences or beliefs rests on his collaboration with Wittgenstein in such efforts as the characterization of formal necessity, the theory of logical atomism, and the use of the Ideal Language. In examining their views we arrive at two conclusions. First, that the issue of negative facts is distinct from questions of meaning or intentionality; what a sentence or belief means or is about rather than what makes it true (...)
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    The Importance of Time.L. Nathan Oaklander (ed.) - 2001 - Dordrecht: Kluwer.
    The Philosophy of Time Society grew out of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on the Philosophy of Time offered by George Schlesinger in 1991. The members of that seminar wanted to promote interest in the philosophy of time and Jon N. Turgerson offered to become the first Director of the society with the initial costs underwritten by the Drake University Center for the Humanities. Thus, the Philosophy of Time Society (PTS) was formed in 1993. Its goal is (...)
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    Absolute Becoming and the Myth of Passage.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2004 - Philo 7 (1):36-46.
    In a recent paper, Steven Savitt attempts to demonstrate that there is an area of common ground between one classic proponent of temporal passage, C.D. Broad, and one classic opponent of passage, D.C. Williams. According to Savitt, Broad's notion of “absolute becoming” as the ordered occurrence of (simultaneity sets of) events, and Williams’ notion of “literal passage,” as the happening of events strung along the four-dimensional space-time manifold, are indistinguishable. Savitt recognizes that some might think it preposterous to maintain that (...)
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    McTaggart’s Paradox and the Infinite Regress of Temporal Attributions.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1987 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 25 (3):425-431.
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  42. Parfit, circularity, and the unity of consciousness.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1987 - Mind 96 (October):525-29.
    In his recent book, Reasons and Persons, Derek Parfit propounds a version of the psychological criterion of personal identity.1 According to the variant he adopts, the numerical identity through time of persons consists in non-branching psychological continuity no matter how it is caused. One traditional objection to a view of this sort is that it is circular, since psychological continuity presupposes personal identity. Although Parfit frequently denies the importance of personal identity, he considers his own psychological account of identity important (...)
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  43. Tooley on Time and Tense.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2001 - In The Importance of Time: Selected Papers of the Philosophy of Time Society Proceedings 1995-2000. Dordrecht, Netherlands: pp. 3-12.
     
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  44. Be Careful What You Wish For: A Reply to Craig.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (1):156-163.
  45. Time and Existence: A Critique of Degree Presentism.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2009 - In Maria Elisabeth Reicher (ed.), States of Affairs. Ontos Verlag. pp. 151-165.
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    The Importance of Time: Proceedings of the Philosophy of Time Society, 1995–2000.L. Nathan Oaklander (ed.) - 2001 - Dordrecht: Springer.
    The Philosophy of Time Society (PTS) grew out of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on the Philosophy of Time offered by George Schlesinger in 1991. The members of that seminar wanted to promote interest in the philosophy of time and Jon N. Turgerson offered to become the first Director of the PTS with the initial costs underwritten by the Drake University Center for the Humanities. Thus, the PTS was formed in 1993. Its goal is to promote the (...)
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    Delmas Lewis on Persons and Responsibility.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1987 - Philosophy Research Archives 13:181-187.
    Delmas Lewis has argued that the tenseless view of time is committed to a view of personal identity according to which no one can be held morally responsible for their actions. His argument, if valid, is a serious objection to the tenseless view. The purpose of this paper is to defend the detenser by pointing out the pitfalls in Lewis’ argument.
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    Delmas Lewis on Persons and Responsibility: A Critique.L. Nathan Oaklander - 1987 - Philosophy Research Archives 13:181-187.
    Delmas Lewis has argued that the tenseless view of time is committed to a view of personal identity according to which no one can be held morally responsible for their actions. His argument, if valid, is a serious objection to the tenseless view. The purpose of this paper is to defend the detenser by pointing out the pitfalls in Lewis’ argument.
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    Does the Russellian Theory of Time Entail Fatalism?L. Nathan Oaklander - 1982 - Modern Schoolman 59 (3):206-212.
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    Personal Identity, Responsibility and Time.L. Nathan Oaklander - 2003 - In Heather Dyke (ed.), Time and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 161--178.
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