Thisness Presentism: An Essay on Time, Truth, and Ontology, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Thisness Presentism

An Essay on Time, Truth, and Ontology, 1st Edition

By David Ingram

Routledge

216 pages

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Thisness Presentism outlines and defends a novel version of presentism, the view that only present entities exist and what is present really changes, a view of time that captures a real and objective difference between what is past, present, and future, and which offers a model of reality that is dynamic and mutable, rather than static and immutable. The book advances a new defence of presentism by developing a novel ontology of thisness, combining insights about the nature of essence, the metaphysics of propositions, and the relationship between true propositions and the elements of reality that make them true, alongside insights about time itself. It shows how, by accepting an ontology of thisness, presentists can respond to a number of pressing challenges to presentism, including claims that presentism cannot account for true propositions about the past, and that it is inconsistent with the reality of temporal passage and the openness of the future. This is one of the only book-length defences of presentism. It will be of interest to students and scholars working on the debate about presentism in the philosophy of time, as well as those interested in the metaphysics of propositions and truth-making, more generally.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I. The Theory

1. What is Presentism?

2. Why Presentism?

3. A Thisness Ontology

Part II. The Virtues

4. Propositions

5. Truth & Truth-Making

6. Thisness & Truth-Making

7. The Open Future

8. Passage, Change, & Causation

Part III. Dialectical Issues

9. Nefarious Truth & Ontological Explanation

10. Varieties of Presentism

Conclusion

About the Author

David Ingram is an Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York and a Senior Member of the Centre for Philosophy of Time. He has published articles on metaphysics (particularly the metaphysics of time) in Analysis, Philosophical Studies, and The Philosophical Quarterly.

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Routledge Studies in Metaphysics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI013000
PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics