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Ideas of Robin Le Poidevin, by Text

[British, fl. 1996, Leeds University]

1998 Intro to 'Questions of Time and Tense'
Intro p.2 In the tenseless view, all times are equally real, so statements of the future have truth-values
Intro p.2 It is claimed that the tense view entails the unreality of both future and past
1 p.3 If things don't persist through time, then change makes no sense
1 n2 p.3 Things which have ceased change their A-series position; things that persist change their B-series position
2 p.4 Evil can't be an illusion, because then the illusion that there is evil would be evil
2 p.4 At the very least, minds themselves seem to be tensed
2 p.5 We share a common now, but not a common here
3 p.6 The new tenseless theory offers indexical truth-conditions, instead of a reductive analysis
5 p.8 If the future is not real, we don't seem to have any obligation to future individuals
6 p.9 God being inside or outside of time both raise a group of difficult problems
7 p.10 Fiction seems to lack a tensed perspective, and offers an example of tenseless language
1998 Past, Present and Future of Debate about Tense
1 (a) p.13 In the B-series, time-positions are unchanging; in the A-series they change (from future to present to past)
4 (b) p.33 Tensed theorists typically try to reduce the tenseless to the tensed
5 p.37 It is the view of the future that really decides between tensed and tenseless views of time
5 p.41 We want illuminating theories, rather than coherent theories
2001 Interview with Baggini and Stangroom
p.174 p.174 It is disturbing if we become unreal when we die, but if time is unreal, then we remain real after death
p.174 p.174 A-theory says past, present, future and flow exist; B-theory says this just reports our perspective
p.222 p.222 Existentialism focuses on freedom and self-making, and insertion into the world
2003 Travels in Four Dimensions
02 'Everything' p.27 A thing which makes no difference seems unlikely to exist
02 'without change' p.22 Since nothing occurs in a temporal vacuum, there is no way to measure its length
03 'Lessons' p.36 Temporal vacuums would be unexperienced, unmeasured, and unending
03 'Lessons' p.40 We can identify unoccupied points in space, so they must exist
03 'Redundancy' p.41 Absolute space explains actual and potential positions, and geometrical truths
03 'Search' p.45 If spatial points exist, then they must be stationary, by definition
05 'beyond' p.93 For relationists moving an object beyond the edge of space creates new space
05 'Great' p.87 The logical properties of causation are asymmetry, transitivity and irreflexivity
05 'Limits' p.77 The present is the past/future boundary, so the first moment of time was not present
05 'Limits' p.78 In addition to causal explanations, they can also be inferential, or definitional, or purposive
08 'First' p.138 If the present could have diverse pasts, then past truths can't have present truthmakers
08 'First' p.140 To say that the past causes the present needs them both to be equally real
08 'Mystery' p.122 We distinguish time from space, because it passes, and it has a unique present moment
08 'Mystery' p.124 We don't just describe a time as 'now' from a private viewpoint, but as a fact about the world
08 'Mystery' p.125 Time can't speed up or slow down, so it doesn't seem to be a 'process'
08 'Second' p.141 The B-series doesn't seem to allow change
08 'Second' p.142 If the B-universe is eternal, why am I trapped in a changing moment of it?
09 'in present' p.156 If time is infinitely divisible, then the present must be infinitely short
09 'in present' p.158 Instantaneous motion is an intrinsic disposition to be elsewhere
09 'in present' p.158 The primitive parts of time are intervals, not instants
09 'Questions' p.147 How could a timeless God know what time it is? So could God be both timeless and omniscient?
09 'Zeno' p.161 The dynamic view of motion says it is primitive, and not reducible to objects, properties and times
11 'Objections' p.195 The multiverse is distinct time-series, as well as spaces
12 'Hidden' p.205 An ordered series can be undirected, but time favours moving from earlier to later
12 'Seeds' p.219 If time's arrow is causal, how can there be non-simultaneous events that are causally unconnected?
12 'simultaneous' p.226 Time's arrow is not causal if there is no temporal gap between cause and effect
12 'The mind's' p.217 If time's arrow is psychological then different minds can impose different orders on events
12 'Three' p.206 There are Thermodynamic, Psychological and Causal arrows of time
12 'Three' p.211 Presumably if time's arrow is thermodynamic then time ends when entropy is complete
12 'Three' p.213 If time is thermodynamic then entropy is necessary - but the theory says it is probable