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Single Idea 14011

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / D. Time / 1. Nature of Time / h. Presentism]

Full Idea

It seems that presentism cannot accommodate causation at all. In a true instance of 'c causes e', it seems to follow that both c and e exist, and it is widely accepted that c is earlier than e. But for presentists that means c and e can't coexist.

Gist of Idea

Presentism seems to deny causation, because the cause and the effect can never coexist


Craig Bourne (A Future for Presentism [2006], 4)

Book Reference

Bourne,Craig: 'A Future for Presentism' [OUP 2006], p.109

A Reaction

A nice problem. Obviously if the flying ball smashed the window, we are left with only the effect existing - otherwise we could intercept the ball and prevent the disaster. To say this cause and this effect coexist would be even dafter than the problem.

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