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Title: The real but dead past: a reply to Braddon-Mitchell
Contributor(s): Forrest, Peter (author)
Publication Date: 2004
DOI: 10.1111/j.0003-2638.2004.00510.x
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Abstract: In 'How do we know it is now now?' David Braddon-Mitchell (2004) develops an objection to No Futurism (also known as the Growing Block theory) that the past is real but the future is not. He notes my response to this, namely that the past, although real, is lifeless and (a fortiori?) lacking in sentience. He argues, however, that this response, which I call the Past is Dead hypothesis is not tenable if combined with Special Relativity.My purpose in this reply is to argue that, on the contrary, Special Relativity supports No Futurism or Presentism at the expense of the Parmeidean position that past and future are both real.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Analysis, 64(284), p. 358-362
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0003-2638
Field of Research (FOR): 220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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