Saturday, April 27, 2019
It’s your opportunity lawfully to indulge your impulse to make those off-topic comments I’m constantly having to delete. Do so in good conscience, because nothing is really off-topic in this, the latest open thread. From Donald Fagen to Ronald Reagan, from the Black Dahlia to papal regalia to inverted qualia – discuss whatever you like. As always, just keep it classy and civil and free of trolling and troll-feeding.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Presentism holds that within the temporal domain, only the present exists and the past and future do not. Alex Pruss thinks that . That would be news to Aristotle, Aquinas, and other presentist Aristotelians. I agree with them rather than with Alex, and I think that presentism is in fact the natural view to take if one starts with an Aristotelian view of the nature of physical reality, and of the nature of time in particular. I spell all this out at length in . Here I will just try briefly to convey the general idea.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
his critical response to my defense of presentism in In the first part of his critique (to which I responded in ), Bill raised the influential “truthmaker objection” against presentism. In his latest post, he rehearses another popular objection, which appeals to the nature of relations. I don’t think this objection is any more formidable than the truthmaker objection, but here too Bill disagrees..
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Among the many ideas defended in Relativity, time travel, the experience of time, and other issues in the philosophy of time are treated along the way, and what I say about those topics is crucial to my defense of presentism. (See pp. 233-303.) My buddy to my response in the book to the “truthmaker objection” against presentism. Let’s consider Bill’s misgivings. is the A-theory of time, and presentism in particular.
Presentism is the thesis that only the present exists, and that past and future events and objects do not. To be more precise, it is the thesis that in the temporal realm, only present objects and events exist. (For one could also hold – as I do, though other presentists might not – that in addition to what exists in time, there is what exists in an or timeless way and what exists in an way.)
Thursday, April 11, 2019
My review of Rajesh Heynickx and Stéphane Symons’ anthology So What's New About Scholasticism? How Neo-Thomism Helped Shape the Twentieth Century appears at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
In his Given the possibility that he is dreaming or that an evil spirit might be causing him to hallucinate, he judges that whatever the senses tell him might in principle be false. In particular, the entire material world, including even his own body and brain, might be illusory. Hence claims about the material world, and empirical claims in general, cannot in Descartes’ view be among the foundations of knowledge., Descartes famously tries to push doubt as far as he can, in the hope of finding something that cannot be doubted and will thus provide a suitable foundation for the reconstruction of human knowledge.