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Type: Thesis
Title: A Defence of the B-Theory of Time with Respect to the Problem of Change
Author: Vlachoulis, James
Issue Date: 2021
School/Discipline: School of Humanities : Philosophy
Abstract: I attend to the debate between the A-theory of time and the B- theory of time by evaluating how each theory accounts for the possibility of change. I conclude in favour of the B-theory of time as an account of change. I begin by considering McTaggart’s argument against the reality of time. I connect McTaggart’s argument, and the attendant A-theory versus B-theory debate, to an argument against the possibility of change. This argument, the problem of change, can be refuted by adopting either of an A-theory or B-theory account of change. I evaluate different approaches to change offered by various A-theories, including presentism, the growing block theory, the moving spotlight theory, and then proceed to consider different B-theory accounts of change, including relativiser endurantism, adverbialist endurantism, and perdurantism. I consider objections to each of these views. Finally, I compare the costs incurred by the best of the A-theory accounts and the best of the B-theorist accounts.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (MPhil.) -- University of Adelaide, School of Humanities, 2022
Keywords: Time
Problem of Change
Temporary Intrinsics
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