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MA Thesis Defense: Christian Weede
March 11, 2015 @ 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Overcoming the Present
Wednesday March 11th 2015 @ 5:15pm MHB–915
Abstract: We should reject presentism as the most intuitive theory of time. Prima facie, presentism might seem intuitive due to our perception of time. However, if presentism accurately represents the metaphysics of time, then presentism entails some counter-intuitive results regarding events, truths about the past, and temporary intrinsics. I argue that presentists can only allow for the present to be instantaneous, and then only at the cost of losing events as ontological entities. I argue that an ersatz B-series of times is viable only at the cost of losing the special metaphysical status of the present. Finally, I argue that the claim that propositions are true simpliciter is inconsistent with the claim that propositions are not eternally true.
Oral defenses of theses are open to the public. Please contact Christian <Christian.Weede@student.csulb.edu> for an advance copy of the thesis.