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Volume 47 • Number 2

April 2009



 

 

Time without Change (In Three Steps)


by Robin Le Poidevin


Forty years after it first appeared, Sidney Shoemaker's much-rad article, "Time without Change" (1969), with its striking thought experiment, still dominates discussions of this intriguing topic. And rightly so: it is imaginative, subtle, and controversial. But times have changed, as they do, and in particular, the epistemological context in which Shoemaker was writing, overshadowed as it was by verificationism, no longer constrains our thinking as once it did. This is the age of bold and unashamedly realist metaphysical argument, in which demands for evidential, as opposed to a priori, support for its theses are rarely made.


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