Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 101 (3):354-382 (2020)

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Giuliano Torrengo
Università degli Studi di Milano
Samuele Iaquinto
University of Turin
Abstract
The aim of this paper is to argue that the adoption of an unrestricted principle of bivalence is compatible with a metaphysics that (i) denies that the future is real, (ii) adopts nomological indeterminism, and (iii) exploits a branching structure to provide a semantics for future contingent claims. To this end, we elaborate what we call Flow Fragmentalism, a view inspired by Kit Fine (2005)’s non-standard tense realism, according to which reality is divided up into maximally coherent collections of tensed facts. In this way, we show how to reconcile a genuinely A-theoretic branching-time model with the idea that there is a branch corresponding to the thin red line, that is, the branch that will turn out to be the actual future history of the world.
Keywords Thin Red Line  Presentism  Branching Time  Tense Realism  Principle of Bivalence
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12314
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