Ideas of Robin Le Poidevin, by Theme

[British, fl. 1996, Leeds University]

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3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 10. Making Future Truths
In the tenseless view, all times are equally real, so statements of the future have truth-values
7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 1. Nature of Change
How could change consist of a conjunction of changeless facts?
14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 2. Aim of Science
We want illuminating theories, rather than coherent theories
22. Metaethics / A. Ethical Ends / 1. Value / b. Objective value
Evil can't be an illusion, because then the illusion that there is evil would be evil
23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 1. Existentialism
Existentialism focuses on freedom and self-making, and insertion into the world
24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 1. Death
It is disturbing if we become unreal when we die, but if time is unreal, then we remain real after death
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / a. Time
In the B-series, time-positions are unchanging; in the A-series they change (from future to present to past)
It is the view of the future that really decides between tensed and tenseless views of time
A-theory says past, present, future and flow exist; B-theory says this just reports our perspective
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / b. Tensed (A) time
We share a common now, but not a common here
It is claimed that the tense view entails the unreality of both future and past
Tensed theorists typically try to reduce the tenseless to the tensed
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / c. Tenseless (B) time
At the very least, minds themselves seem to be tensed
Fiction seems to lack a tensed perspective, and offers an example of tenseless language
The new tenseless theory offers indexical truth-conditions, instead of a reductive analysis
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / h. Growing block of time
If the future is not real, we don't seem to have any obligation to future individuals
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / i. Time and change
If things don't persist through time, then change makes no sense
Things which have ceased change their A-series position; things that persist change their B-series position
28. God / A. Divine Nature / 6. God and Time
God being inside or outside of time both raise a group of difficult problems