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Ideas of Baron,S/Miller,K, by Text

[Australian, fl. 2019, at Australian universities]

2019 Intro to the Philosophy of Time
1.2 p.12 The C-series rejects A and B, and just sees times as order by betweenness, without direction
1.3 p.15 The past (unlike the future) is fixed, along with truths about it, by the existence of past objects
1.4 p.16 The block universe theory says entities of all times exist, and time is the B-series
1.4 p.19 Static time theory presents change as one property at t1, and a different property at t2
1.5.3 p.23 The moving spotlight says entities can have properties of being present, past or future
1.6 p.25 How can we know this is the present moment, if other times are real?
1.6 p.26 If we are actually in the past then we shouldn't experience time passing
1.7.2 p.31 For abstractionists past times might still exist, althought their objects don't
1.7.2 p.33 Erzatz Presentism allows the existence of other times, with only the present 'actualised'
1.8 p.34 Most of the sciences depend on the concept of time
2.1 p.39 The A-series has to treat being past, present or future as properties
2.2 p.40 The present moment is a matter of existence, not of acquiring a property
2.2 p.40 How do presentists explain relations between things existing at different times?
2.3.1 p.43 It is meaningless to measure the rate of time using time itself, and without a rate there is no flow
2.3.2 p.46 Vicious regresses force you to another level; non-vicious imply another level
3.3.1 p.58 The error theory of time's passage says it is either a misdescription or a false inference
4.2 p.95 In relativity space and time depend on one's motion, but spacetime gives an invariant metric
5 p.121 Static theories cannot account for time's obvious asymmetry, so time must be dynamic
5.3.1 p.130 The direction of time is either primitive, or reducible to something else
5.3.2 p.132 The kaon does not seem to be time-reversal invariant, unlike the rest of nature
5.3.3 p.133 Maybe the past is just the direction of decreasing entropy
5.5 p.136 The B-series can have a direction, as long as it does not arise from temporal flow
5.6 p.138 Grounding is intended as a relation that fits dependences between things
5.6.1 p.139 There is no second 'law' of thermodynamics; it just reflects probabilities of certain microstates
5.6.2 p.142 We could explain time's direction by causation: past is the direction of causes, future of effects
6.1 p.148 Modern accounts of causation involve either processes or counterfactuals
6.2.2 p.150 The main process theory of causation says it is transference of mass, energy, momentum or charge
6.2.3 p.151 If causes are processes, what is causation by omission? (Distinguish legal from scientific causes?)
6.3 p.157 The counterfactual theory of causation handles the problem no matter what causes actually are
6.5 p.169 Counterfactual theories struggle with pre-emption by a causal back-up system
7.2.2 p.181 Presentism needs endurantism, because other theories imply most of the object doesn't exist
7.3.1 p.182 How does a changing object retain identity or have incompatible properties over time?
8.2 p.201 If a time traveller kills his youthful grandfather, he both exists and fails to exist
8.3.1 p.213 Presentism means there no existing past for a time traveller to visit
8.3.1 p.213 How can presentists move to the next future moment, if that doesn't exist?
8.6 p.225 A traveller takes a copy of a picture into the past, gives it the artist, who then creates the original!