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Getting tense about relativity

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Special relativity has been understood by many as vindicating a tenseless conception of time, denying the existence of tensed facts and a fortiori objective temporal passage. The reason for this is straightforward: both passage and the obtaining of tensed facts require a universal knife-edge present moment—yet this structure is not easily reconcilable with the relativity of simultaneity. The above being said, the prospects for tense and passage are sometimes claimed to be improved on moving t...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Pembroke College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Theology Faculty
Subgroup:
Theology and Religion Faculty
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Publisher:
Springer Verlag Publisher's website
Journal:
Synthese Journal website
Publication date:
2020-02-04
Acceptance date:
2020-01-24
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EISSN:
1573-0964
ISSN:
0039-7857
Pubs id:
1083512
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pubs:1083512
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