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
    Title of host publicationPresentism : essential Readings
    PublisherLexington Books
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)9780739145005
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2010

    Bibliographical note

    This article is also published as De Clercq, R. (2006). Presentism and the problem of cross-time relations. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 72(2), 386-402. Retrieved from


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