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Single Idea 14017

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

Full Idea

Since for presentism there is an ontologically significant and basic sense in which events are present, we should expect a definition of simultaneity in terms of presentness, rather than the other way round.

Gist of Idea

Since presentists treat the presentness of events as basic, simultaneity should be define by that means


Craig Bourne (A Future for Presentism [2006], 6.IV)

Book Reference

Bourne,Craig: 'A Future for Presentism' [OUP 2006], p.174

A Reaction

Love it. I don't see how you can even articulate questions about simultaneity if you don't already have a notion of presentness. What are the relata you are enquiring about?