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  1. Presentism and Eternalism in Perspective.Steven Savitt - 2006 - In Dennis Dieks (ed.), The Ontology of Spacetime I. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
    The distinction between presentism and eternalism is usually sought in some formula like ‘Only presently existing things exist’ or ‘Past, present, and future events are equally real’. I argue that ambiguities in the copula prevent these slogans from distinguishing significant opposed positions. I suggest in addition that one can find a series of significant distinctions if one takes spacetime structure into account. These presentisms and eternalisms are not contradictory. They are complementary elements of a complete naturalistic philosophy of time.
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  2. On Absolute Becoming and the Myth of Passage.Steven F. Savitt - 2002 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 50:153-167.
    J. M. E. McTaggart, in a famous argument, denied the reality of time because he thought that passage or temporal becoming was essential for the existence of time and that passage was a self-contradictory concept. This denial of passage has provoked a vast literature, two of the most important contributions being C. D. Broad’s painstaking defence of passage in his Examination of McTaggart’s Philosophy and D. C. Williams’ dazzling condemnation of it “The Myth of Passage.” -/- A careful reading of (...)
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  3. There’s No Time Like the Present.Steven F. Savitt - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):574.
    Mark Hinchliff concludes a recent paper, "The Puzzle of Change," with a section entitled "Is the Presentist Refuted by the Special Theory of Relativity?" His answer is "no." I respond by arguing that presentists face great difficulties in merely stating their position in Minkowski spacetime. I round up some likely candidates for the job and exhibit their deficiencies.
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  4. Time in the Special Theory of Relativity.Steven Savitt & Roberto Torretti - 2011 - In Craig Callender (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time. Oxford University Press. pp. 546--570.
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    Time’s Arrows Today: Recent Physical and Philosophical Work on the Direction of Time.Steven Frederick Savitt (ed.) - 1995 - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    While experience tells us that time flows from the past to the present and into the future, a number of philosophical and physical objections exist to this commonsense view of dynamic time. In an attempt to make sense of this conundrum, philosophers and physicists are forced to confront fascinating questions, such as: Can effects precede causes? Can one travel in time? Can the expansion of the Universe or the process of measurement in quantum mechanics define a direction in time? In (...)
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  6. A Limited Defense of Passage.Steven F. Savitt - 2001 - American Philosophical Quarterly 38 (3):261 - 270.
  7. The Replacement of Time.Steven F. Savitt - 1994 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72 (4):463 – 474.
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    The Transient Nows.Steven F. Savitt - 2009 - In Wayne C. Myrvold & Joy Christian (eds.), Quantum Reality, Relativistic Causality, and Closing the Epistemic Circle. Springer. pp. 349--362.
  9. The Direction of Time.Steven F. Savitt - 1996 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (3):347-370.
    The aim of this essay is to introduce philosophers of science to some recent philosophical discussions of the nature and origin of the direction of time. The essay is organized around books by Hans Reichenbach, Paul Horwich, and Huw Price. I outline their major arguments and treat certain critical points in detail. I speculate at the end about the ways in which the subject may continue to develop and in which it may connect with other areas of philosophy.
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  10. Time's Arrows Today.Steven F. Savitt - 1998 - Mind 107 (425):250-253.
     
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    Kit Fine on Tense and Reality.Steven Savitt - 2016 - Manuscrito 39 (4):75-99.
    ABSTRACT Kit Fine recently described and defended a novel position in the philosophy of time, fragmentalism. It is not often that a new option appears in this old field, and for that reason alone these two essays merit serious attention. I will try to present briefly but fairly some of the considerations that Fine thinks favour fragmentalism. I will also weigh the merits of fragmentalism against the view that Fine presents as its chief rival, relativism, as well as the merits (...)
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    Time Travel and Becoming.Steven F. Savitt - 2005 - The Monist 88 (3):413-422.
    I wish to discuss a supposed implication of one sort of time travel. The sort of time travel is time travel into one’s past along a closed timelike curve. The implication is that in spacetimes with CTCs there can be no temporal passage or “flow” of time. I will argue that the implication does not hold.
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  13. Is Classical Mechanics Time Reversal Invariant?Steven F. Savitt - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (3):907-913.
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    In Search of Passing Time.Steven F. Savitt - unknown
    I present an account of the passage of time and the present in relativistic spacetimes, and I defend these views against recent criticism by Oliver Pooley and Craig Callender.
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    I S.Steven F. Savitt - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 50:19-24.
    Richard Arthur and I proposed that the present in Minkowski spacetime should be thought of as a small causal diamond. That is, given two timelike separated events p and q, with p earlier than q, they suggested that the present is the set I+ ∩ I-. Mauro Dorato presents three criticisms of this proposal. I rebut all three and then offer two more plausible criticisms of the Arthur/Savitt proposal. I argue that these criticisms also fail.
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    Introduction.Steven F. Savitt - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 (3):393.
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    Time’s Arrow Today: Recent Physical and Philosophical Work on the Direction of Time.Katinka Ridderbos & Steven F. Savitt - 1997 - Philosophical Review 106 (4):627.
    One of the questions that is addressed, from various perspectives, is the origin of time-asymmetry. Given the time-symmetry of the dynamical laws, all inferences about the future that are derivable from a dynamical theory are matched by inferences about the past. For Huw Price, who discusses the origins of cosmological time asymmetry, this is reason to treat all time-asymmetric cosmological theories with caution. He dismisses both the inflationary model and Stephen Hawking’s proposal to account for time-asymmetry with his famous “no (...)
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    Relativity, Locality and Tense.Steven Savitt - 2010 - In Mauricio Suarez, Mauro Dorato & Miklos Redei (eds.), EPSA Philosophical Issues in the Sciences · Launch of the European Philosophy of Science Association. Springer. pp. 211--217.
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    Closed Time and Local Time: A Reply to Dowe.Steven Savitt - 2017 - Manuscrito 40 (1):197-207.
    ABSTRACT In his contribution to this issue, “A and B Theories of Closed Time”, Phil Dowe argues that A- and B-theories of time are equally compatible with closed time, though it is commonly supposed that only B-theories are compatible with it. With some reservations to be noted below I agree with Dowe’s general conclusion, but in the course of his argument there are a number of false statements and misrepresentations of detail that require comment. I will not be able to (...)
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  20. Second-Guessing Second Nature.Paul Bartha & Steven F. Savitt - 1998 - Analysis 58 (4):252–263.
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    Rorty's Disappearance Theory.Steven F. Savitt - 1975 - Philosophical Studies 28 (6):433-36.
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    Epistemological Time Asymmetry.Steven F. Savitt - 1990 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:317 - 324.
    In a recent book, Asymmetries in Time, Paul Horwich presents a systematic account of various temporal asymmetries, including a neo-Reichenbachian account of the (apparent) fact that we know more about the past than the future, the epistemological time asymmetry. I find some obscurities in Horwich's presentation, however, and I argue that when his view is understood in a way that I shall propose, it does represent an advance on Reichenbach's, but it fails to vindicate Horwich's "main point...that our special knowledge (...)
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    Critical Notice.Steven F. Savitt - 1991 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 21 (3):399-417.
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  24. The Nature of Time, by Ulrich Meyer.Steven Savitt - 2015 - Mind 124 (495):945-951.
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  25. Palle Yourgrau, Gödel Meets Einstein: Time Travel in the Gödel Universe Reviewed By.Steven Savitt - 2001 - Philosophy in Review 21 (3):229-233.
     
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    Of Time and the Two Images.Steven F. Savitt - 2012 - Humana Mente 5 (21).
    In this paper I argue that the clash of the Sellars’ two images is particularly acute in the case of time. In Time and the World Order Sellars seems embarked on a quest to locate manifest time in Minkowski spacetime. I suggest that he should have argued for the replacement of manifest time with the local, path-dependent time of the “scientific image”, just as he suggests that manifest objects must be replaced by their scientific counterparts.
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    Chronogeometrical Determinism and the Local Present.Steven Savitt - unknown
    Hilary Putnam argued that the special theory of relativity shows that there can be no temporal becoming. Howard Stein replied by defining a becoming relation in Minkowski spacetime. Clifton and Hogarth extended and sharpened Stein’s results. Game over? To the contrary, it has been argued that the Stein-Clifton-Hogarth theorems actually support Putnam’s contention, in that if an apparently minimal condition is put on the becoming relation, then these theorems entail that the becoming relation must be the universal relation. I recount (...)
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  28. The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics R. I. G. Hughes Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard University Press, 1989, Ix + 369 Pp., US$42.50. [REVIEW]Steven F. Savitt - 1993 - Dialogue 32 (4):833-.
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    Jens Erik Fenstad. On the Completeness of Some Transfinite Recursive Progressions of Axiomatic Theories. The Journal of Symbolic Logic, Vol. 33 , Pp. 69–76. [REVIEW]Steven Savitt - 1969 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 34 (1):131-131.
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    Searle's Demon and the Brain Simulator.Steven F. Savitt - 1982 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 5 (2):342-343.
  31. 2-Avslmme. City ofqod (llartnottdsworthz Penguin Books, 1984). _.Steven F. Savitt - 1990 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41:461-472.
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  32. Davidson's Psycho-Physical Anomalism.Steven F. Savitt - 1979 - Nature and System 1 (September):203-213.
  33. Fred I. Dretske, Knowledge and the Flow of Information. [REVIEW]Steven Savitt - 1983 - Philosophy in Review 3:55-58.
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    Foundations of Space-Time Theories: Relativistic Physics Philosophy of Science Michael Friedman Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1983. Pp. Xvi, 385. $35.00. [REVIEW]Steven F. Savitt - 1986 - Dialogue 25 (2):388-.
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    World Enough and Space-Time.Steven F. Savitt - 1992 - Dialogue 31 (4):701-.
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    A Dilemma For Causal Reliabilist Theories of Knowledge.Morris Lipson & Steven Savitt - 1993 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):55-74.
    In a ‘Letter from Washington’ in The New Yorker, Elizabeth Drew reported some speculation regarding the mental processes of Ronald Reagan. In Drew’s words:The curious process Drew describes is clearly important in many ways -historically, politically, and perhaps legally. We contend that there is even some epistemological significance to Reagan’s method for the fixation of belief. We shall argue, in particular, that some of those curiously insulated beliefs which Reagan possesses qualify as knowledge under at least one leading causal reliabilist (...)
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    Selective Scientific Realism, Constructive Empiricism, and the Unification of Theories.Steven Savitt - 1993 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 18 (1):154-165.
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    Craig Callender's What Makes Time Special? [REVIEW]Steven F. Savitt - 2018 - BJPS Review of Books.
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    Time and Space Barry Dainton Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001, Xiv + 386 Pp., $75.00, $29.95 Paper. [REVIEW]Steven Savitt - 2004 - Dialogue 43 (1):174-.
    Barry Dainton wrote Time and Space “to provide an introduction to the contemporary philosophical debate that presupposes little or nothing by way of prior exposure to the subject, but that will also take the interested and determined reader quite a long way”. He has achieved much of what he intended in this difficult enterprise. He covers the major arguments in a fair-minded way, writes clearly, and has found a good illustrator to provide a host of diagrams that his student readers (...)
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    The Structure of Scientific Theories, Edited and with a Critical Introduction by Frederick Suppe.Steven F. Savitt - 1977 - Dialogue 16 (2):328-345.
    This volume is the record of a symposium on the structer of scientific theories held in urbana, Illinois in the spring of 1969. ofSeven main papers, commentaries, discussions, and a postscript form the bulk of the book. The rest is a nearly 240-page monograph-in-the-guise-of-an-introduction by the editor titled “The Search for Philosophic Understanding of Scientific Theories”.
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    Robert DiSalle. Understanding Space‐Time: The Philosophical Development of Physics From Newton to Einstein. Xiii +173 Pp., Figs., Bibl., Index. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. $75. [REVIEW]Steven Savitt - 2009 - Isis 100 (1):136-137.
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    I-Counting is Counting.Steven Savitt - 1972 - Philosophy of Science 39 (1):72-73.
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    Critical Notice of John Earman Bangs, Crunches, Whimpers, and Shrieks.Steven F. Savitt - 1999 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (3):479-490.
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    Absolute Informational Content.Steven F. Savitt - 1987 - Synthese 70 (February):185-90.
  45. Fred I. Dretske, Knowledge and the Flow of Information Reviewed By.Steven F. Savitt - 1983 - Philosophy in Review 3 (2):55-58.
  46. Palle Yourgrau, The Disappearance of Time Reviewed By.Steven Savitt - 1992 - Philosophy in Review 12 (3):223-225.
     
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    Understanding Space‐Time: The Philosophical Development of Physics From Newton to Einstein. [REVIEW]Steven Savitt - 2009 - Isis 100:136-137.
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    Review Symposia.Martin Rudwick, Naomi Oreskes, David Oldroyd, David Philip Miller, Alan Chalmers, John Forge, David Turnbull, Peter Slezak, David Bloor, Craig Callender, Keith Hutchison, Steven Savitt & Huw Price - 1996 - Metascience 5 (1):7-85.
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    How Fast Time Passes.Steven Savitt - unknown
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    Wittgenstein’s Early Philosophy of Mathematics.Steven F. Savitt - 1979 - Philosophy Research Archives 5:539-553.
    Wittgenstein's remarks in his Tractatus on mathematics are quite obscure. Benacerraf and Putnam wrote, "In his Tractatus Loqico-Philosophicus, Wittgenstein maintained, following Russell and Frege, that mathematics was reducible to logic." On the other hand, Max Black claims, "Wittgenstein does not regard mathematics as reducible to logic, in the manner of Whitehead and Russell." I offer a detailed commentary upon Wittgenstein's remarks, concluding that his views most likely do not follow those of Frege and Russell. I reject a criticism of Wittgenstein (...)
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