- The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time
- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- Fatalism and the Future
- Time and Chance Propensities
- Time and Modality
- The Possibility of Discrete Time
- Presentism and the Space‐Time Manifold
- The Asymmetry of Influence
- The Flow of Time
- Time in Thermodynamics
- Prospects for Temporal Neutrality
- Time, Passage, And Immediate Experience
- Time in Action
- Time in Cognitive Development
- Temporal Experience
- Sharpening the Electromagnetic Arrow(s) of Time
- Time, Topology, and the Twin Paradox
- Time in the Special Theory of Relativity
- Time in Classical Dynamics
- Time Travel and Time Machines
- The CPT Theorem
- Time in Quantum Mechanics
- Time in Quantum Gravity
Abstract and Keywords
Is there more to the world than the present moment? This question is one of the most basic one can ask about time. This chapter discusses presentism: the doctrine that everything is present—that, and only that, which is present exists—reviewing a quite different attack on presentism. Called the “truth-maker” or “grounding” objection, the idea is that the presentist's temporally impoverished resources are insufficient to allow him or her to say that statements about the past or future are truth-evaluable. So the presentist faces a quandary: the claim is true, yet there is nothing that makes it so.
M. Joshua Mozersky is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University in Kingston. He works in metaphysics, the philosophy of language and the philosophy of science. The philosophy of time, which is found at the intersection of these three areas, is a long‐standing and continuing interest, though current projects also include: truthmaking and modality, the metaphysics of objects, the nature of properties and the question of just what metaphysics is, or could be, after all.
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