, Volume 74, Issue 1, pp 37–52

There’s No Future in No-Futurism

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10670-010-9245-z

Cite this article as:
Tallant, J. Erkenn (2011) 74: 37. doi:10.1007/s10670-010-9245-z


In two recent papers Button (Analysis 66:130–135, 2006, Analysis 67:325–332, 2007) has developed a particular view of time that he calls no-futurism. He defends his no-futurism against a sceptical problem that has been raised (by e.g. Bourne in Aust J Phil 80:359–371, 2002) for a similar “growing block” view—that of Tooley (Time, tense, and causation, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1997). If Button is right, then we have an important third option available to us: a half-way house between presentism and eternalism. If, on the other hand, the criticism of Tooley-style “Growing-Block” views holds, then we are left with just presentism and eternalism. In this paper I show that Button’s defence fails.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK