Philosophical Studies

, Volume 152, Issue 3, pp 335–345

The A-theory of time and induction

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    • Department of PhilosophyBaylor University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11098-009-9483-6

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Pruss, A.R. Philos Stud (2011) 152: 335. doi:10.1007/s11098-009-9483-6
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

TimeA-theoryPresentismInduction

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