Single Idea 13991

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 9. Making Past Truths]

Full Idea

Presentism has a problem with singular propositions about non-present objects. ...When Socrates popped out of existence, according to Presentism, all those singular propositions about him also popped out of existence.

Gist of Idea

Presentism has the problem that if Socrates ceases to exist, so do propositions about him


Ned Markosian (A Defense of Presentism [2004], 2.1)

Book Reference

'Persistence: contemporary readings', ed/tr. Haslanger,S/|Kurtz,RM [MIT 2006], p.308

A Reaction

He seems to treat propositions in a Russellian way, as things which exist independently of thinkers, which I struggle to grasp. Markosian offers various strategies for this [3.5].

Related Ideas

Idea 13996 Maybe Presentists can refer to the haecceity of a thing, after the thing itself disappears [Markosian]

Idea 8361 What is true used to be possible, but it may no longer be so [Wright,GHv]