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Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics$
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D. M. Armstrong

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590612.001.0001

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Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics
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David M. Armstrong

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590612.003.0015

Truthmaker and other arguments are presented to show the implausibility, at least, of Presentism (only the present exists) and the more plausible Growing Block theory (the past exists but not the future). Omnitemporalism (all times exist) is the theory that goes naturally with truthmaker Maximalism. The animal need to ‘live in the present’ may explain the psychological attractiveness of Presentism, and the lack of secure knowledge of the future, an epistemological lack, may bolster Growing block views.

Keywords:   truthmakers, presentism, growing block, Michael Tooley, omnitemporalism

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