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dc.contributor.advisorDever, Joshen
dc.contributor.advisorSainsbury, R. M. (Richard Mark)en
dc.creatorBaia, Alexen
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-17T14:01:53Zen
dc.date.available2012-07-17T14:01:53Zen
dc.date.issued2012-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2012en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5354en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractMy guiding question is this: how does what is metaphysically differ from what was, will be, or might have been? The first half of the dissertation concerns ontology: are the apparent disputes over the existence of merely past, merely future, and merely possible entities genuine and nontrivial disputes? After demarcating the various positions one might take in these disputes, I argue that the disputes are, in fact, genuine. I then offer—in the second half of the dissertation—a limited defense of presentism, the view that only present things exist. In particular, I defend presentism against one of the most significant classes of objections to it—the class of objections claiming that it cannot account for a variety of past-oriented truths. In giving this defense, I draw on insights from the dispute between modal actualists—those who hold that everything is actual— and their rivals.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectMetaphysicsen
dc.subjectOntologyen
dc.subjectTimeen
dc.subjectModalityen
dc.subjectPresentismen
dc.subjectActualismen
dc.subjectTrivialityen
dc.subjectTruthen
dc.subjectGroundingen
dc.subjectSingularityen
dc.titleIs, was, will, mighten
dc.date.updated2012-07-17T14:02:00Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5354en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKoons, Roberten
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSosa, Daviden
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTooley, Michaelen
dc.description.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentPhilosophyen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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