Philosophical Studies

, Volume 152, Issue 3, pp 335-345

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The A-theory of time and induction

  • Alexander R. PrussAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Baylor University Email author 

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The A-theory of time says that it is an objective, non-perspectival fact about the world that some events are present, while others were present or will be present. I shall argue that the A-theory has some implausible consequences for inductive reasoning. In particular, the presentist version of the A-theory, which holds that the difference between the present and the non-present consists in the present events being the only ones that exist, is very much in trouble.


Time A-theory Presentism Induction