Synthese

, Volume 193, Issue 11, pp 3691–3699

Tense, propositions, and facts

S.I.: The Logic and Philosophy of A.N. Prior

Abstract

This paper aims to clarify the connection between the logic of temporal distinctions and the temporal features of propositions. Contra Prior, it argues that the adoption of tense operators does not commit one to the view that propositions can change their truth value over time.

Keywords

Tense logic Propositions Verb tense Belief  Facts 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Colgate UniversityHamiltonUSA

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