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Nothing To Come : a Defence of the Growing Block Theory of Time

Author: Fabrice Correia; Sven Rosenkranz
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018] ©2018
Series: Synthese library, 395.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This monograph is a detailed study, and systematic defence, of the Growing Block Theory of time (GBT), first conceived by C.D. Broad. The book offers a coherent, logically perspicuous and ideologically lean formulation of GBT, defends it against the most notorious objections to be found in the extant philosophical literature, and shows how it can be derived from a more general theory, consistent with relativistic  Read more...
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Correia, Fabrice.
Nothing To Come.
Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]
(OCoLC)1027112941
Named Person: C D Broad; C D Broad
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fabrice Correia; Sven Rosenkranz
ISBN: 9783319787046 3319787047
OCLC Number: 1034988682
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Introduction; Contents; Chapter 1: Taking Tense Seriously; 1.1 The Operator Approach to Tense; 1.2 Propositional Tense Logic; 1.3 Truth simpliciter; Chapter 2: Existence, Quantification and Identity; 2.1 Temporaryism vs Permanentism; 2.2 Quantification Theory and the Logic of Identity; 2.3 Unrestricted Quantification and the Temporal Being Constraint; Chapter 3: Temporal Relations; 3.1 McTaggart on the B-Series; 3.2 Temporal Location; 3.3 Precedence; Chapter 4: The Growing Block; 4.1 The Broad Picture; 4.1.1 Constant Growth; 4.1.2 The Edge of Becoming. 4.1.3 Where Does the Edge of Becoming Lie?4.2 GBT Reloaded; 4.3 No Funny Business; Chapter 5: The Other Contenders; 5.1 The Problem with Presentness; 5.2 Presentism without Presentness; 5.3 Dynamic Permanentism; Chapter 6: The Epistemic Objection; 6.1 How Past Things Are; 6.2 Looking Back Onto the Past; 6.3 Knowing to Be on the Edge of Reality; Chapter 7: Bivalence, Future Contingents and the Open Future; 7.1 The Semantic Objection; 7.2 The Grounding Requirement on Truth Revisited; 7.3 Indeterminism and the Open Future; Chapter 8: Classical Theories of Time, and Relativity. 8.1 Relativistic Physics and an Absolute and Total Temporal Order8.2 On Privileging a Foliation: Contents vs Structure; 8.3 Preparing for the Worst: The Revisionary Strategy; Chapter 9: Spatiotemporaryism; 9.1 Causal Structure and Factual Variation across Spacetime; 9.2 Spatiotemporal Logic; 9.3 Varieties of Spatiotemporaryism; 9.4 The Intransitivity of Being; 9.5 Recapture of the Classical Views; Concluding Remarks; Appendix 1 Semantic Characterisation of the Classical Systems; Appendix 2 Semantic Characterisation of the Relativistic Systems; Appendix 3 Recovering the Classical Systems.
Series Title: Synthese library, 395.
Responsibility: Fabrice Correia, Sven Rosenkranz.

Abstract:

"This monograph is a detailed study, and systematic defence, of the Growing Block Theory of time (GBT), first conceived by C.D. Broad. The book offers a coherent, logically perspicuous and ideologically lean formulation of GBT, defends it against the most notorious objections to be found in the extant philosophical literature, and shows how it can be derived from a more general theory, consistent with relativistic spacetime, on the pre-relativistic assumption of an absolute and total temporal order. The authors devise axiomatizations of GBT and its competitors which, against the backdrop of a shared quantified tense logic, significantly improves the prospects of their comparative assessment. Importantly, neither of these axiomatizations involves commitment to properties of presentness, pastness or futurity. The authors proceed to address, and defuse, a number of objections that have been marshaled against GBT, including the so-called epistemic objection according to which the theory invites skepticism about our temporal location. The challenge posed by relativistic physics is met head-on, by replacing claims about temporal variation by claims about variation across spacetime. The book aims to achieve the greatest possible rigor. The background logic is set out in detail, as are the principles governing the notions of precedence and temporal location. The authors likewise devise a novel spacetime logic suited for the articulation, and comparative assessment, of relativistic theories of time. The book comes with three technical appendices which include soundness and completeness proofs for the systems corresponding to GBT and its competitors, in both their pre-relativistic and relativistic forms. The book is primarily directed at researchers and graduate students working on the philosophy of time or temporal logic, but is of interest to metaphysicians and philosophical logicians more generally."--

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