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Single Idea 15024

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / g. Eternalism]

Full Idea

The spotlight theorist accepts the block universe, but also something in addition: a joint-carving monadic property of presentness, which is possessed by just one moment of time, and which 'moves', to be possessed by later and later times.

Clarification

The block universe is eternalism

Gist of Idea

The spotlight theorists accepts eternal time, but with a spotlight of the present moving across it

Source

Theodore Sider (Writing the Book of the World [2011], 11.9)

Book Reference

Sider,Theodore: 'Writing the Book of the World' [OUP 2011], p.259


A Reaction

This seems better than the merely detached eternalist view, which seems to ignore the key phenomenon. I just can't comprehend any theory which makes the future as real as the past.