Ideas from 'A Future for Presentism' by Craig Bourne [2006], by Theme Structure

[found in 'A Future for Presentism' by Bourne,Craig [OUP 2006,978-0-19-956821-5]].

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2. Reason / B. Laws of Thought / 2. Sufficient Reason
Is Sufficient Reason self-refuting (no reason to accept it!), or is it a legitimate explanatory tool?
3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 1. Redundant Truth
The redundancy theory conflates metalinguistic bivalence with object-language excluded middle
8. Modes of Existence / A. Relations / 1. Nature of Relations
All relations between spatio-temporal objects are either spatio-temporal, or causal
It is a necessary condition for the existence of relations that both of the relata exist
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / a. Time
Time is tensed or tenseless; the latter says all times and objects are real, and there is no passage of time
B-series objects relate to each other; A-series objects relate to the present
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / b. Tensed (A) time
Time flows, past is fixed, future is open, future is feared but not past, we remember past, we plan future
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / f. Presentism
The idea of simultaneity in Special Relativity is full of verificationist assumptions
How can presentists talk of 'earlier than', and distinguish past from future?
Presentism seems to deny causation, because the cause and the effect can never coexist
Special Relativity allows an absolute past, future, elsewhere and simultaneity
Since presentists treat the presentness of events as basic, simultaneity should be define by that means
Relativity denies simultaneity, so it needs past, present and future (unlike Presentism)
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 4. Time / h. Growing block of time
No-Futurists believe in past and present, but not future, and say the world grows as facts increase