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
It is claimed that the tense view entails the unreality of both future and past
We share a common now, but not a common here
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