No-Futurism and Metaphysical Contingentism

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Axiomathes, ISSN: 1122-1151, Vol: 24, Issue: 4, Page: 483-497

Publication Year:
2014
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10669
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10.1007/s10516-014-9236-9
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Le Bihan, Baptiste
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Springer Nature
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Mathematics, Arts and Humanities
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According to no-futurism, past and present entities are real, but future ones are not. This view faces a skeptical challenge (Bourne in Australas J Philos 80(3):359–371 2002; A future for presentism, Clarendon Press, Oxford 2006; Braddon-Mitchell in Analysis 64(283):199–203 2004): if no-futurism is true, how do you know you are present? I shall propose a new skeptical argument based on the physical possibility of Gödelian worlds (Albert Einstein: philosopher-scientist, Open Court, La Salle, pp. 555–562, 1949). This argument shows that a no-futurist has to endorse a metaphysical contingentist reading of no-futurism, the view that no-futurism is contingently true. But then, the no-futurist has to face a new skeptical challenge: how do you know that you are in a no-futurist world?

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