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Modality and TensePhilosophical Papers$
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Kit Fine

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199278709.001.0001

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Tense and Reality

Tense and Reality

(p.261) 8 Tense and Reality
Modality and Tense

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It is argued that if one is going to be a realist about tense, then one should be a nonstandard realist in preference to a standard realist; rather than taking the present time to be privileged, one should take the contents of all times to be equally real. It is also argued that if one is going to be a nonstandard realist about tense, then one should be a fragmentalist rather than a relativist; rather than holding reality to be relative to a time, one should take it to be fragmented, not ‘of a piece’.

Keywords:   first person, McTaggart, modality, realism, relativism, self, special relativity, tense, time, truth

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