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Temporalism and Composite Tense Operators

University Press, 2007. Mind 119 (475): 814-19. Recanati, F. 2007. Perspectival Thought. A Plea for (Moderate) Relativism . Oxford University Press. Zeman, D. (ms.) Temporalism in an Extensional Framework. Retrievable at http://institutnicod.academia.edu/DanZeman/Drafts .

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The Impossibility of Temporal Relations Between Non-Identical Times: New Arguments for Presentism

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I argue that relations between non-identical times, such as the relations, earlier than, later than, or 10 seconds apart, involve contradiction, and only co-temporal relations are non-contradictory, which would leave presentism the only non-contradictory theory of time. The arguments I present are arguments that I have not seen in the literature.

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How Long is Now? A New Perspective on the Specious Present

References Bear, Mark; Connors, Barry; and Paradiso, Michael. 1996. Neuroscience. Exploring the brain . Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins. Dainton, Barry. 2000. Stream of Consciousness. Unity and Continuity in Conscious Experience . London: Routledge. Dainton, Barry. 2017. The specious present: further issues. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy , https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consciousness-temporal/specious-present.html Dainton, Barry. 2017b. Some relevant empirical findings (psychology, psychophysics, neuroscience). In

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Modes of Being and Quantification

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If Pegasus existed, he would indeed be in space and time, but only because the word ‘Pegasus’ has spatio-temporal connotations, and not because ‘exists’ has spatio-temporal connotations. If spatio-temporal reference is lacking when we affirm the existence of the cube root of 27, that is simply because a cube root is not a spatio-temporal kind of thing.

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Do Time-Asymmetric Laws call for Time-Asymmetric Spacetime Structure?

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Many philosophers of physics take the failure of the laws of physics to be invariant under the time reversal transformation to give us good reason to think that spacetime is temporally anisotropic, yet the details of this inference are rarely made explicit. I discuss two reasonable ways of filling in the details of this inference, the first of which utilizes a symmetry principle proposed by John Earman and the second of which utilizes Harvey Brown’s account of spacetime. I contend that neither of the resulting arguments is sound.

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Yablo’s Paradox and Beginningless Time

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The structure of Yablo’s paradox is analysed and generalised in order to show that beginningless step-by-step determination processes can be used to provoke antinomies, more concretely, to make our logical and our ontological intuitions clash. The flow of time and the flow of causality are usually conceived of as intimately intertwined, so that temporal causation is the very paradigm of a step-by-step determination process. As a consequence, the paradoxical nature of beginningless step-by-step determination processes concerns time and causality as usually conceived.

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, P. 1999. Semantics, tense, and time: An essay in the metaphysics of natural language . Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Prior, A. N. 1957. Time and Modality , Oxford: Oxford University Press. Prior, A. N. 1959. Thank Goodness that’s over. Philosophy 34: 12-17. Prior, A. N. 1967. Past, Present and Future , Oxford: Clarendon. Richard, M. 1981. Temporalism and Eternalism. Philosophical Studies 39: 1-13. Stalnaker, R. 1970. Pragmatics. Synthese 22. Reprinted in Stalnaker 1999. Stalnaker, R. 1999. Context and Content , Oxford

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Propositions and the Metaphysics of Time

. Defending Existence Presentism. Forthcoming in Erkenntnis Sider, T. 2006. Quantifiers and Temporal Ontology. Mind 115 (457): 75-97 Torrengo, G. 2012. Time and Simple Existence. Metaphysica , 13: 125-130 Zimmerman, D. 1998. Temporary Intrinsics and Presentism. In Metaphysics: The Big Questions , ed. by P. van Inwagen and D. Zimmerman, 206–219. Malden (Mass.), Blackwell.

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Replies to Giuliano Torrengo, Dan Zeman and Vasilis Tsompanidis

References Block, N. 2010. Attention and mental paint. Philosophical Issues , 20 (1): 23-63. Brewer, B. 2007. Perception and its objects. Philosophical Studies, 132: 1, 87–97. Brogaard, B. 2012. Transient Truths: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Propositions . New York: Oxford University Press. Brogaard, B. 2013a. Presentism, Primitivism and Cross-Temporal Relations: Lessons from Holistic Ersatzism and Dynamic Semantics. In New Papers on the Present: Focus on Presentism , ed. by Roberto Ciuni, Kristie Miller and Giuliano Torrengo, 253

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