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Philosophy | Around the Tree - Semantic and Metaphysical Issues Concerning Branching and the Open Future

Around the Tree

Semantic and Metaphysical Issues Concerning Branching and the Open Future

Series: Synthese Library, Vol. 361

Correia, Fabrice, Iacona, Andrea (Eds.)

2013, VIII, 168 p.

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  • First edited volume presently on a hotly debated topic
  • Contributors are a mix of internationally recognized philosophers and young promising researchers
  • The core topics addressed by the volume can meet the interests of any teacher or graduate student working in the area of philosophy of language, philosophical logic, or metaphysics ​
Over the past few years, the tree model of time has been widely employed to deal with issues concerning the semantics of tensed discourse. The thought that has motivated its adoption is that the most plausible way to make sense of indeterminism is to conceive of future possibilities as branches that depart from a common trunk, constituted by the past and the present. However, the thought still needs to be further articulated and defended, and several important questions remain open, such as the question of how actuality can be understood and formally represented in a branching framework. The present volume is intended to be a 360 degree reflection on the tree model. The contributions is gathers concern the model and its alternatives, both from a semantic and from a metaphysical point of view. ​

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Keywords » Actual future - Branching spacetime - Branching time - Branching time structure - Determinate truth - Ersatz times - Future contingents - Growing block theory - Identity across time - Indeterminacy - Indeterminism and action - Moment-history pair - Open Future - Persistence through time - Possible course of events - Propositional Truth - Relativism / absolutism about truth - Semantics of temporal discourse - Supervaluational semantics - Temporal logic - Temporal ontology - Tense logic - Thin red line - Truthmaker problem for presentism - Truthmakers for temporary truths - Two-dimensional semantics - Utterance truth

Related subjects » Logic & Philosophy of Language - Philosophy

Table of contents 

Preface.- Manuel García-Carpintero: Relativism, the Open Future, and Propositional Truth.- Andrea Iacona: Timeless Truth.- Sven Rosenkranz: Determinism, the Open Future and Branching Time.- E. J. Lowe: Branching Time and Temporal Unity.- Craig Bourne & Emily Caddick: Fictional Branching Time?.- Storrs McCall: The Open Future, and its Exploitation by Rational Agents.- Andrea Borghini & Giuliano Torrengo: The Metaphysics of the Thin Red Line.- Ned Markosian: The Truth About the Past and the Future.- Fabrice Correia: Non-Proxy Reductions of Eternalist Discourse.

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