Presentism and the Space-Time Manifold

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This chapter seeks to defend a version of presentism. Presentism faces a conflict with relativity theory in physics. Relativity theory affirms the relativity of simultaneity, a thesis that immediately threatens presentism. The chapter develops a theory that aims to escape this difficulty. The main problems for presentism it discusses are: Theodore Sider's argument that presentists lack adequate grounds for physically important cross-temporal relations involving motion; and objections based on inconsistency with relativity, especially those based on alleged inconsistency with special relativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191728372
ISBN (Print)9780199298204
StatePublished - Apr 7 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Cross-temporal relations
  • Motion
  • Presentism
  • Relativity theory
  • Theodore Sider


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