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  1. There's No Time Like the Present (in Minkowski Spacetime).Steven F. Savitt - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):574.
    Mark Hinchliff concludes a recent paper, "The Puzzle of Change," with a section entitled "Is the Presentist Refuted by the Special Theory of Relativity?" His answer is "no." I respond by arguing that presentists face great difficulties in merely stating their position in Minkowski spacetime. I round up some likely candidates for the job and exhibit their deficiencies.
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  2. A Limited Defense of Passage.Steven F. Savitt - 2001 - American Philosophical Quarterly 38 (3):261 - 270.
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    On Absolute Becoming and the Myth of Passage.Steven F. Savitt - 2002 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 50:153-167.
    J. M. E. McTaggart, in a famous argument, denied the reality of time because he thought that passage or temporal becoming was essential for the existence of time and that passage was a self-contradictory concept. This denial of passage has provoked a vast literature, two of the most important contributions being C. D. Broad’s painstaking defence of passage in his Examination of McTaggart’s Philosophy and D. C. Williams’ dazzling condemnation of it “The Myth of Passage.” -/- A careful reading of (...)
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    The Transient Nows.Steven F. Savitt - 2009 - In Wayne C. Myrvold & Joy Christian (eds.), Quantum Reality, Relativistic Causality, and Closing the Epistemic Circle. Springer. pp. 349--362.
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  5. The Replacement of Time.Steven F. Savitt - 1994 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72 (4):463 – 474.
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    Time's Arrows Today: Recent Physical and Philosophical Work on the Direction of Time.Steven Frederick Savitt (ed.) - 1995 - Cambridge University Press.
    While experience tells us that time flows from the past to the present and into the future, a number of philosophical and physical objections exist to this commonsense view of dynamic time. In an attempt to make sense of this conundrum, philosophers and physicists are forced to confront fascinating questions, such as: Can effects precede causes? Can one travel in time? Can the expansion of the Universe or the process of measurement in quantum mechanics define a direction in time? In (...)
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  7. Time's Arrows Today.Steven F. Savitt - 1998 - Mind 107 (425):250-253.
     
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  8. Is Classical Mechanics Time Reversal Invariant?Steven F. Savitt - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (3):907-913.
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    I S.Steven F. Savitt - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 50:19-24.
    Richard Arthur and I proposed that the present in Minkowski spacetime should be thought of as a small causal diamond. That is, given two timelike separated events p and q, with p earlier than q, they suggested that the present is the set I+ ∩ I-. Mauro Dorato presents three criticisms of this proposal. I rebut all three and then offer two more plausible criticisms of the Arthur/Savitt proposal. I argue that these criticisms also fail.
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    Second-Guessing Second Nature.Paul Bartha & Steven F. Savitt - 1998 - Analysis 58 (4):252–263.
  11. The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics R. I. G. Hughes Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard University Press, 1989, Ix + 369 Pp., US$42.50. [REVIEW]Steven F. Savitt - 1993 - Dialogue 32 (4):833-.
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    Time’s Arrow Today: Recent Physical and Philosophical Work on the Direction of Time.Katinka Ridderbos & Steven F. Savitt - 1997 - Philosophical Review 106 (4):627.
    One of the questions that is addressed, from various perspectives, is the origin of time-asymmetry. Given the time-symmetry of the dynamical laws, all inferences about the future that are derivable from a dynamical theory are matched by inferences about the past. For Huw Price, who discusses the origins of cosmological time asymmetry, this is reason to treat all time-asymmetric cosmological theories with caution. He dismisses both the inflationary model and Stephen Hawking’s proposal to account for time-asymmetry with his famous “no (...)
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    Time's Arrow's Today: Recent Physical and Philosophical Work on the Direction of Time.Steven F. Savitt - 1997 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (2):287-289.
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    Epistemological Time Asymmetry.Steven F. Savitt - 1990 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:317 - 324.
    In a recent book, Asymmetries in Time, Paul Horwich presents a systematic account of various temporal asymmetries, including a neo-Reichenbachian account of the (apparent) fact that we know more about the past than the future, the epistemological time asymmetry. I find some obscurities in Horwich's presentation, however, and I argue that when his view is understood in a way that I shall propose, it does represent an advance on Reichenbach's, but it fails to vindicate Horwich's "main point...that our special knowledge (...)
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    In Search of Passing Time.Steven F. Savitt - unknown
    I present an account of the passage of time and the present in relativistic spacetimes, and I defend these views against recent criticism by Oliver Pooley and Craig Callender.
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  16. Of Time and the Two Images.Steven F. Savitt - 2012 - Humana.Mente - Journal of Philosophical Studies 21.
    In this paper I argue that the clash of the Sellars’ two images is particularly acute in the case of time. In Time and the World Order Sellars seems embarked on a quest to locate manifest time in Minkowski spacetime. I suggest that he should have argued for the replacement of manifest time with the local, path-dependent time of the “scientific image”, just as he suggests that manifest objects must be replaced by their scientific counterparts.
     
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    Absolute Informational Content.Steven F. Savitt - 1987 - Synthese 70 (February):185-90.
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    Introduction.Steven F. Savitt - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 (3):393.
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    Searle's Demon and the Brain Simulator.Steven F. Savitt - 1982 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 5 (2):342-343.
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    Of Time and the Two Images.Steven F. Savitt - 2012 - Humana Mente 5 (21).
    In this paper I argue that the clash of the Sellars’ two images is particularly acute in the case of time. In Time and the World Order Sellars seems embarked on a quest to locate manifest time in Minkowski spacetime. I suggest that he should have argued for the replacement of manifest time with the local, path-dependent time of the “scientific image”, just as he suggests that manifest objects must be replaced by their scientific counterparts.
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    Rorty's Disappearance Theory.Steven F. Savitt - 1974 - Philosophical Studies 28 (6):433-36.
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    World Enough and Space-Time.Steven F. Savitt - 1992 - Dialogue 31 (4):701-.
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    Critical Notice.Steven F. Savitt - 1991 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 21 (3):399-417.
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    Foundations of Space-Time Theories: Relativistic Physics Philosophy of Science Michael Friedman Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1983. Pp. Xvi, 385. $35.00. [REVIEW]Steven F. Savitt - 1986 - Dialogue 25 (2):388-.
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    Tachyon Signals, Causal Paradoxes, and the Relativity of Simultaneity.Steven F. Savitt - 1982 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:277 - 292.
    Some elementary properties of tachyons are described and then it is argued that the claim that (T) Tachyons exist, is incompatible with the truth of the Special Theory of Relativity (STR). First it is argued that from T, STR, and the negation of the principle that (Pl) Effect never precedes cause, one can derive a paradoxical conclusion, one of the so-called "causal paradoxes". An obvious response is to affirm (Pl), but then it is argued that (Pl) and (T) entail that (...)
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    The Structure of Scientific Theories, Edited and with a Critical Introduction by Frederick Suppe.Steven F. Savitt - 1977 - Dialogue 16 (2):328-345.
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    Wittgenstein’s Early Philosophy of Mathematics.Steven F. Savitt - 1979 - Philosophy Research Archives 5:539-553.
    Wittgenstein's remarks in his Tractatus on mathematics are quite obscure. Benacerraf and Putnam wrote, "In his Tractatus Loqico-Philosophicus, Wittgenstein maintained, following Russell and Frege, that mathematics was reducible to logic." On the other hand, Max Black claims, "Wittgenstein does not regard mathematics as reducible to logic, in the manner of Whitehead and Russell." I offer a detailed commentary upon Wittgenstein's remarks, concluding that his views most likely do not follow those of Frege and Russell. I reject a criticism of Wittgenstein (...)
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    Critical Notice.Steven F. Savitt - 1999 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (3):479-490.
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    Critical Notice of John Earman Bangs, Crunches, Whimpers, and Shrieks.Steven F. Savitt - 1999 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (3):479-490.
  30. Fred I. Dretske, Knowledge and the Flow of Information Reviewed By.Steven F. Savitt - 1983 - Philosophy in Review 3 (2):55-58.
  31. Palle Yourgrau, The Disappearance of Time Reviewed By.Steven F. Savitt - 1992 - Philosophy in Review 12 (3):223-225.
     
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    No Title Available.Steven F. Savitt - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 (3):393.
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  33. 2-Avslmme. City ofqod (llartnottdsworthz Penguin Books, 1984). _.Steven F. Savitt - 1990 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41:461-472.
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  34. Davidson's Psycho-Physical Anomalism.Steven F. Savitt - 1979 - Nature and System 1 (September):203-213.