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The Possibility of Philosophical UnderstandingReflections on the Thought of Barry Stroud$
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Jason Bridges, Niko Kolodny, and Wai-hung Wong

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381658

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381658.001.0001

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Subjectivism and the Metaphysics of Time

Subjectivism and the Metaphysics of Time

13 Subjectivism and the Metaphysics of Time
The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding

Cheryl K. Chen

Oxford University Press

In The Quest for Reality, Barry Stroud argues that the subjectivist about color cannot meet the conditions for ascribing color beliefs to people if she claims that none of those beliefs accurately represent the way things are in the world independently of us. This chapter pursues a similar strategy against the view that tense is not an objective feature of reality. The chapter argues, first, that irreducibly tensed beliefs are indispensable for the possibility of action and belief and, second, that to ascribe such beliefs to people, we must take those beliefs to be caused by events that we, as interpreters, understand in tensed terms. These results present obstacles for those who hold that all of our tensed beliefs are false, as well as for those who claim that tensed beliefs are made true by tenseless facts.

Keywords:   subjectivism, color, time, tense, transcendental arguments, B-Theory, error theory, A. N. Prior, Barry Stroud, Donald Davidson

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