Realism, tense, and context sensitivity

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The paper argues that tense and passage belong to the fundamental structure of reality. It thus defends a form of realism about tense, but at the same time it rejects all versions of presentism and of the A-theory. By critically assessing Aristotle's proof that the present is pointlike, the paper advances an analysis of the nature of the present which is not based on ontological hierarchies, and in which context sensitivity plays a key role. It then proceeds to reconcile context sensitivity with realism, arguing that not only are the two not antithetical to each other but that in fact they crucially complement each other.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDefending Realism
Subtitle of host publicationOntological and Epistemological Investigations
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781614516651
ISBN (Print)9781614517696
StatePublished - 11 Dec 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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