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Does Tomorrow Exist?
A Debate

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ISBN 9780367615963
March 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book takes up the question of whether past and future events exist. Two very different views are explored. According to one of these views, (presentism), advanced by Nikk Effingham, the present is special.  Effingham argues that only the present things exist, but which things those are changes as time passes. Given presentism, although there once existed dinosaurs, they exist no more, and although you and I exist, at some time in the future we will come to exist no more. According to the alternative view (eternalism), advanced by Kristie Miller, our world is a giant four-dimensional block of spacetime in which all things, past, present, and future, exist. On this view, dinosaurs exist, it is just that they are not located at the current time.

The book considers arguments for, and against, presentism and eternalism, including arguments that appeal to our best science, to the way the world seems to us to be in our experiences of time, change, and freedom, and to how to make sense of ordinary claims about the past.


  • Offers an accessible introduction to the philosophy of temporal ontology.
  • Captures the process of philosophical debate, giving readers an insight into the craft of philosophy.
  • Engages with and clearly explains state-of-the-art and cutting-edge research.

Table of Contents

Introduction – 2.5K words Section I: Opening Statements 1. Opening Statement from Nikk Effingham (20K words) 2. Opening Statement from Kristie Miller (20K words) 3. Summary (1K words) Section II: Replies to Opening Statements 4. Miller’s Reply to Effingham (7.5K words) 5. Effingham’s Reply to Miller (7.5K words) 6. Summary (0.5 words) Section III: Replies to the Replies 7. Miller’s reply to Effingham’s initial reply (4K words) 8. Effingham’s reply to Miller’s initial reply (4K words) 9. Summary (0.5 words) Section IV: Additional Reading & Glossary 10. Annotated Reading Lists (0.5 words) 11. Glossary (1.5K words)

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Nikk Effingham is Reader at the University of Birmingham where he works on metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of Time Travel: Probability and Impossibility (2020) and An Introduction to Ontology (2013).

Kristie Miller is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, and joint director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Time. She works primarily in metaphysics, particularly on the nature of time, persistence, and personal-identity. In addition to her articles, she has co-authored several books, including Out of Time (2022), Everyday Metaphysical Explanation (2022) and An Introduction to the Philosophy of Time (2018).