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Temporal incompatibilities: Substantivalism, A-passage, and physical phenomena


2008 2008

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In this thesis I attempt to make evident an incompatibility between temporal substantivalism and two other theses: (i) that time passes in a purely A-theoretical sense, and (ii) that time's directionality depends on an asymmetry in one or another physical phenomena. Toward this end, Chapter One, first describes the important relationship between states of affairs and times, then details the necessary conditions of a robustly substantivalist account of time. In Chapter Two, I specify a common A-theoretical sense of temporal passage that treats temporal properties as intrinsic properties of states of affairs and I argue that this notion of passage is incompatible with the substantivalist thesis laid out in the first chapter. Finally, in Chapter Three, I recapitulate several attempts to ground time's directionality on an asymmetry in certain physical phenomena. I ultimately argue that all accounts of time's directionality appealing to physical phenomena also fail to cohere with Chapter One's substantivalist thesis, but that some causal accounts of time's asymmetry (accounts which govern all physical phenomena) cohere quite nicely with temporal substantivalism.

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Subject
Philosophy
Classification
0422: Philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; A-theory; B-theory; Causation; Relationalism; Substantivalism; Time
Title
Temporal incompatibilities: Substantivalism, A-passage, and physical phenomena
Author
Hackett, Brett E.
Number of pages
66
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0051
Source
MAI 47/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549714316
Advisor
Tooley, Michael
Committee member
Heathwood, Chris; Monton, Brad; Rupert, Rob
University/institution
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department
Philosophy
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1456697
ProQuest document ID
250887705
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/250887705/abstract
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