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Transient TruthsAn Essay in the Metaphysics of Propositions$
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Berit Brogaard

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199796908

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796908.001.0001

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Disagreeing Across Time

Disagreeing Across Time

(p.66) 3 Disagreeing Across Time
Transient Truths

Berit Brogaard

Oxford University Press

Eternalism holds that present-tensed sentences make implicit reference to the time of speech. ‘John is a firefighter’, for example, expresses, relative to a context, the proposition that John is a firefighter at t*, where t* is the time of speech. But conversations take place over extended periods of time, and most of these conversations are not about specific times but about some other subject matter altogether. Specific times may be completely irrelevant to what is discussed. So it seems that the information that is passed on and that is the subject of discussion in many cases is temporally neutral. Temporal contents thus satisfy the third and fourth conditions on propositions.

Keywords:   agreement, disagreement, shared content, time intervals, the disagreement test, arguments from disagreement

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