The Jowett Society (Friday - Week 4, HT23)

Philosophical Society

Are multiple non-temporally related presentist timelines possible? Do only some forms of presentism allow for this? Should we think no forms do? Speaking to these and other related questions, as well as bringing out the oddities of such a view, are what I will discuss in this talk. For those more theologically minded, these questions will also be relevant as to whether a timeless God, traditionally conceived, is compatible with presentism, as this is just a special case of the broader question asked. Due to this, I also hope to show how thinking about multiple non-temporally related presentist timelines can help answer an objection based on omniscience against divine timelessness and then, if time, briefly think about whether there could possibly be causal connections between these timelines.

Jowett Society Organising Committee: Imogen Rivers  | Jowett Society Website