Presentism and the problem of cross-time relations

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    Presentism is the view that only present entities exist. Recently, several authors have asked the question whether presentism is able to account for cross-time relations, ie, roughly, relations between entities existing at different times. In this paper I claim that this question is to be answered in the affirmative. To make this claim plausible, I consider four types of cross-time relation and show how each can be accommodated without difficulty within the metaphysical framework of presentism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)386-402
    Number of pages17
    JournalPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006

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