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    Language and Time.Quentin Smith - 1993 - Oxford University Press.
    This book offers a defense of the tensed theory of time, a critique of the New Theory of Reference, and an argument that simultaneity is absolute. Although Smith rejects ordinary language philosophy, he shows how it is possible to argue from the nature of language to the nature of reality. Specifically, he argues that semantic properties of tensed sentences are best explained by the hypothesis that they ascribe to events temporal properties of futurity, presentness, or pastness and do not merely (...)
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    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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  3. The Multiple Uses of Indexicals.Quentin Smith - 1989 - Synthese 78 (2):167--191.
    you use it. These two assumptions, which I believe to be false, are based on a more fundamental assumption, that the rule governing the reference of an indexical remains constant from use to use. Contemporary theories hold that the reference of an indexical varies from use to (relevantly different) use, but that the reference-fixing rule of use is You can search..
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  4. Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology.William Lane Craig & Quentin Smith - 1993 - Oxford University Press.
    Contemporary science presents us with the remarkable theory that the universe began to exist about fifteen billion years ago with a cataclysmic explosion called "the Big Bang." The question of whether Big Bang cosmology supports theism or atheism has long been a matter of discussion among the general public and in popular science books, but has received scant attention from philosophers. This book sets out to fill this gap by means of a sustained debate between two philosophers, William Lane Craig (...)
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  5. The Metaphilosophy of Naturalism.Quentin Smith - 2001 - Philo 4 (2):195-215.
    The metaphilosophy of naturalism is about the nature and goals of naturalist philosophy. A real or..
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    Time and Degrees of Existence: A Theory of 'Degree Presentism'.Quentin Smith - 2002 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 50:119-.
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  7. The Uncaused Beginning of the Universe.Quentin Smith - 1988 - Philosophy of Science 55 (1):39-57.
    There is sufficient evidence at present to justify the belief that the universe began to exist without being caused to do so. This evidence includes the Hawking-Penrose singularity theorems that are based on Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, and the recently introduced Quantum Cosmological Models of the early universe. The singularity theorems lead to an explication of the beginning of the universe that involves the notion of a Big Bang singularity, and the Quantum Cosmological Models represent the beginning largely in (...)
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    The “Sentence-Type Version” of the Tenseless Theory of Time.Quentin Smith - 1999 - Synthese 119 (3):233-251.
  9. Stephen Hawking's Cosmology and Theism.Quentin Smith - 1994 - Analysis 54 (4):236-243.
  10. A Cosmological Argument for a Self Caused Universe (2008).Quentin Smith - unknown
    I intend to argue for the conclusion that the universe, be it infinitely old or finitely old, causes itself. One might object that no such argument could possibly succeed, because the claim that "the universe causes itself" is incoherent. I agree that this claim is incoherent if it is understood to mean that one individual, the universe, causes that same individual to come into existence. No individual can bring about its own existence, because no individual can bring about anything unless (...)
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  11. Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives.Quentin Smith & Aleksandar Jokic (eds.) - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
    Consciousness is perhaps the most puzzling problem we humans face in trying to understand ourselves. Here, eighteen essays offer new angles on the subject. The contributors, who include many of the leading figures in philosophy of mind, discuss such central topics as intentionality, phenomenal content, and the relevance of quantum mechanics to the study of consciousness.
     
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  12. Epistemology: New Essays.Quentin Smith (ed.) - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
    This volume puts together twelve new essays by scholars who have done groundbreaking work in epistemology over the past four decades. Unfortunately, the editor’s brief introduction offers only a sketchy presentation of the papers and their background. Given the variety and complexity of the issues tackled, one would have expected a more detailed account of the nature and developments of the epistemological theories and arguments put forward and discussed by the contributors. The absence of such an account is all the (...)
     
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    Problems with the New Tenseless Theory of Time.Quentin Smith - 1987 - Philosophical Studies 52 (3):371 - 392.
    The new tenseless theory of time, Developed primarily by j j c smart and d h mellor, States that tensed sentence-Utterances cannot be translated by tenseless ones but nevertheless have tenseless truth conditions. Smart and mellor infer from this that the tenseless theory of time is true. The author argues, However, That the rules of use of tensed sentence-Utterances entail that these utterances also have tensed truth conditions. This implies that the tensed theory of time is true.
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    Marcus, Kripke, and the Origin of the New Theory of Reference.Quentin Smith - 1995 - Synthese 104 (2):179 - 189.
    In this paper, presented at an APA colloquium in Boston on December 28, 1994, it is argued that Ruth Barcan Marcus' 1961 article on Modalities and Intensional Languages originated many of the key ideas of the New Theory of Reference that have often been attributed to Saul Kripke and others. For example, Marcus argued that names are directly referential and are not equivalent to contingent descriptions, that names are rigid designators, and that identity sentences with co-referring names are necessary if (...)
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    Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology.Richard Swinburne, William Lane Craig & Quentin Smith - 1995 - Philosophical Review 104 (2):337.
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    Moral Realism and Infinite Spacetime Imply Moral Nihilism.Quentin Smith - 2003 - In Heather Dyke (ed.), Time and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 43--54.
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  17. The Metaphysical Necessity of Natural Laws.Quentin Smith - 1996 - Proceedings of the Heraclitean Society 18:104-23.
    I begin by defending condition (i) against five objections (section 2). Following this, I show that the theory that laws obtain contingently encounters three problems that are solved by the theory that laws are metaphysically necessary (section 3). In section 3, I criticize the regularity theory of natural laws and the universals theory of Armstrong, Dretske and Tooley, and also show how the metaphysical theory solves the “inference problem” that Van Fraassen (1989) posed for any theory of natural laws.
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    Atheism, Theism and Big Bang Cosmology.Quentin Smith - 1991 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 69 (1):48 – 66.
    The following article was originally published in Australasian Journal of Philosophy March 1991 (Volume 69, No.
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  19. The Phenomenology of A-Time.Quentin Smith - 1988 - Diálogos. Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 23 (52):143-153.
     
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    Infinity and the Past.Quentin Smith - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (1):63-75.
    infinite, and offer several arguments in sup port of this thesis. I believe their arguments are unsuccessful and aim to refute six of them in the six sections of the paper. One of my main criticisms concerns their supposition that an infinite series of past events must contain some events separated from the present event by an infinite number of intermediate events, and consequently that from one of these infinitely distant past events the present could never have been reached. I (...)
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  21. Simplicity and Why the Universe Exists.Quentin Smith - 1997 - Philosophy 72 (279):125 - 132.
    If big bang cosmology is true, then the universe began to exist about 15 billion years ago with a 'big bang', an explosion of matter, energy and space from a singular point. This singularity is spatially and temporally pointlike; that is, it has zero spatial dimensions and exists for an instant (at t=0) before exploding with a 'big bang'. The big bang singularity is also lawless; Stephen Hawking writes: A singularity is a place where the classical concepts of space and (...)
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    A Natural Explanation of the Existence and Laws of Our Universe.Quentin Smith - 1990 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 68 (1):22 – 43.
    The standard view of philosophers is that the existence of particular events within our universe is capable of being explained in terms of initial conditions and natural laws, but that the existence of our universe itself is a 'brute given' that is incapable of naturalistic explanation. A supernatural explanation of the existence of our universe may be alleged to be possible ('God created our universe so that humans may exist and the existence of humans is an intrinsic good'), but an (...)
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    A Big Bang Cosmological Argument for God's Nonexistence.Quentin Smith - 1992 - Faith and Philosophy 9 (2):217-237.
    The big bang cosmological theory is relevant to Christian theism and other theist perspectives since it represents the universe as beginning to exist ex nihilo about 15 billion years ago. This paper addresses the question of whether it is reasonable to believe that God created the big bang. Some theists answer in the affirmative, but it is argued in this paper that this belief is not reasonable. In the course of this argument, there is a discussion of the metaphysical necessity (...)
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    The Anthropic Coincidences, Evil and The Disconfirmation of Theism.Quentin Smith - 1992 - Religious Studies 28 (3):347.
    The anthropic principle or the associated anthropic coincidences have been used by philosophers such as John Leslie (1989), William Lane Craig (1988) and Richard Swinburne (1990) to support the thesis that God exists. In this paper I shall examine Swinburne's argument from the anthropic coincidences. I will show that Swinburne's premises, coupled with his principle of credulity and the failure of his theodicy in The Existence of God, disconfirms theism and confirms instead the hypothesis that there exists a malevolent creator (...)
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    Language and Time.Robin Le Poidevin & Quentin Smith - 1995 - Philosophical Review 104 (2):333.
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  26. Kalam Cosmological Arguments for Atheism.Quentin Smith - 2007 - In Michael Martin (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Atheism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 192--194.
     
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  27. Time, Change and Freedom: An Introduction to Metaphysics.L. Nathan Oaklander & Quentin Smith - 1995 - Routledge.
    First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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    Time, Change, and Freedom: An Introduction to Metaphysics.Quentin Smith - 1995 - Routledge.
    Time, Change and Freedom is the first introduction to metaphysics that uses the idea of time as a unifying principle. Time is used to relate the many issues involved in the complex study of metaphysics. Sections of the book are written in dialogue form which allows the reader to question the theories while they read and have those queries answered in the text. In addition, the authors provide glossaries of key terms as well as recommendations for further reading at the (...)
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    The Felt Meanings of the World: A Metaphysics of Feeling.Quentin Smith - 1986 - Purdue University Press.
    In a critical dialogue with the metaphysical tradition from Plato to Hegel to contemporary schools of thought, the author convincingly argues that traditional rationalist metaphysics has failed to accomplish its goal of demonstrating the existence of a di.
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    Time, Tense and Causation.Quentin Smith & Michael Tooley - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (1):123.
  31. Introduction.Quentin Smith - 2008 - In Epistemology: New Essays. Oxford University Press.
     
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  32. Anthropic Explanations in Cosmology.Quentin Smith - 1994 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72 (3):371 – 382.
  33. World Ensemble Explanations.Quentin Smith - 1986 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 67 (1):73.
     
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  34. Concerning the Metaphysical Necessity of the Universe Beginning Uncaused.Quentin Smith - 2000 - Philo 3 (1):73-75.
    In George Nakhnikian’s interesting and stimulating paper, “Quantum Cosmology, Theistic Philosophical Cosmology, and the Existence Question” (present issue) he addresses the fundamental issue of whether it is metaphysically possible or justifiable to believe that our universe began to exist without a cause, divine or otherwise. His conclusion is negative, and he argues that, contrary to my views, quantum cosmology is consistent with theism. In this paper, I shall evaluate Nakhnikian’s arguments.
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  35. The Anthropic Principle and Many-Worlds Cosmologies.Quentin Smith - 1985 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 63 (3):336 – 348.
  36. Einstein, Relativity, and Absolute Simultaneity.William Lane Craig & Quentin Smith - 2007 - In Michael Beaney (ed.), The Analytic Turn: Analysis in Early Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology. Routledge.
     
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    The Logical Structure of the Debate About McTaggart's Paradox.Quentin Smith - 1988 - Philosophy Research Archives 14:371-379.
    This short article aims to illustrate the mutually question-begging arguments that are often presented in debates between opponents and defenderss of McTaggart’s “proof” that A-properties (pastness, presentness and futurity) are logically incoherent. A sample of such arguments is taken from a recent debate between L. Nathan Oaklander (a defender of McTaggart) and myself (an opponent of McTaggart) and a method of escaping the impasse that is often reached in such debates is suggested.
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    The Metaphysical Necessity of Natural Laws.Quentin Smith - 2001 - Philosophica 67.
  39. Temporal Indexicals', In. L. Nathan Oaklander and Quentin Smith, Eds.Quentin Smith - 1994 - In L. Nathan Oaklander & Quentin Smith (eds.), The New Theory of Time. Yale Up.
     
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    Swinburne's Explanation of the Universe. [REVIEW]Quentin Smith - 1998 - Religious Studies 34 (1):91-102.
    Swinburne's Is There A God? presents a brief, updated version of his book, The Existence of God, in which Swinburne argued that criteria used in scientific reasoning could be used to argue that God probably exists. This new book is designed for a wider audience than professional philosophers. Nonetheless, there is much that is new and of interest to philosophers in Is There a God? For example, there is a discussion of Stephen Hawking's cosmology, some new ideas in the philosophy (...)
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    Ethical and Religious Thought in Analytic Philosophy of Language.Quentin Smith - 1997 - Yale University Press.
    This book is the first to provide a critical history of analytic philosophy from its inception in the late nineteenth century to the present day. Quentin Smith focuses on the connections between the four leading movements in analytic philosophy—logical realism, logical positivism, ordinary language analysis, and linguistic essentialism—and corresponding twentieth-century theories of ethics and of religion. Through a critical evaluation of each school’s theoretical positions, Smith counters the widespread view of analytic philosophy as indifferent to important questions about right and (...)
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    Absolute Simultaneity and the Infinity of Time.Quentin Smith - 1998 - In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), Questions of Time and Tense. Oxford University Press. pp. 135--83.
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    A Defense of a Principle of Sufficient Reason.Quentin Smith - 1995 - Metaphilosophy 26 (1‐2):97-106.
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    Thesim, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology.William Lane Craig & Quentin Smith - 1995 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 37 (2):123-125.
    Was the Big Bang with which the universe began created by God, or did it occur without cause? In this book two philosophers of opposite viewpoints debate the question.
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  45. Time Was Created by a Timeless Point: An Atheist Explanation of Spacetime.Quentin Smith - 2002 - In Gregory E. Ganssle & David M. Woodruff (eds.), God and Time: Essays on the Divine Nature. Oxford Up. pp. 95-128.
    There are two familiar, contemporary responses to this question. The theist says that the question has an answer and that this answer is that God caused spacetime to begin to exist. The standard response of the atheist is to say that there is no answer to this question; spacetime’s beginning to exist is a brute fact or has no explanation. This standard atheist response seems to give theism a prima facie theoretical superiority to atheism; theists offer a detailed explanatory hypothesis (...)
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    The Ontological Interpretation of the Wave Function of the Universe.Quentin Smith - 1997 - The Monist 80 (1):160-185.
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    Marcus and the New Theory of Reference: A Reply to Scott Soames.Quentin Smith - 1995 - Synthese 104 (2):217-244.
    This paper is a reply to some of Scott Soames ' comments on my colloquium paper Marcus, Kripke, and the Origin of the New Theory of Reference. Except for the indicated parts added in May, 1995, this paper was written on December 16th–25th, 1994 as my reply to Soames for the APA colloquium in Boston, December 28, 1994. In this paper, I argue that Soames ' contention that Marcus is not one of the primary founders of contemporary nondescriptivist theories of (...)
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    Tensed States of Affairs and Possible Worlds.Quentin Smith - 1988 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 31:225-235.
    The aim of this paper is to show that the definition of a possible world in the actualist tradition of A. Plantinga, R.M. Adams, R. Chisholm, J. Pollock and N . Wolterstorff is unable to accomodate tensed states of affairs. An example of a tensed state of affairs is the transiently obtaining state of affairs that the storm is present, which obtains only if its negation, it is not the case that the storm is present also obtains but at different (...)
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    The Infinite Regress of Temporal Attributions.Quentin Smith - 1986 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 24 (3):383-396.
    Some philosophers follow mctaggart in holding that there is a vicious infinite regress of tensed predications. Other philosophers claim there is no regress. The author argues that there is a regress, But it is benign.
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  50. Two Ways to Prove Atheism (1996).Quentin Smith - unknown
    Since the mid 1960s, scientifically informed theists have been ecstatic because of Big bang cosmology. Theists believe the best scientific evidence that God exists is the evidence that the universe began to exist in an explosion about fifteen billion years ago. It began in an explosion called the Big Bang. Theists think it obvious that the universe could not have begun to exist uncaused. They argue that the most reasonable hypothesis is that the cause of the universe is God. This (...)
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