Presentism and Causation Revisited

Philosophical Papers 41 (1):1-21 (2012)
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One of the major difficulties facing presentism is the problem of causation. In this paper, I propose a new solution to that problem, one that is compatible with intrinsic, fundamental causal relations. Accommodating relations of this kind is important because (i) according to David Lewis (2004), such relations are needed to account for causation in our world and worlds relevantly similar to our own, (ii) there is no other strategy currently available that successfully reconciles presentism with relations of this kind and (iii) resolving the problem of causation by accommodating intrinsic, fundamental causal relations provides the presentist with a far more general solution to the problem of causation than those currently on offer.

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Causation.David Lewis - 1973 - Journal of Philosophy 70 (17):556-567.
Time and physical geometry.Hilary Putnam - 1967 - Journal of Philosophy 64 (8):240-247.
Presentism and properties.John Bigelow - 1996 - Philosophical Perspectives 10:35-52.

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