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Title: Eternal existents : in defence of the Williamsonian view of time
Author: Deasy, Daniel Liam
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2010
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My thesis is a development and defence of the "Williamsonian" view of time, a temporalmetaphysical theory based on Timothy Williamson’s (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002) views concerning modality. As far as I am aware, the theory has never been developed or defended in print. The Williamsonian view is a version of the "a-theory" of time based on acceptance of the thesis of eternal existence, according to which always, everything always exists (i.e. everything exists eternally). I defend the Williamsonian view by showing that every other plausible temporal-metaphysical theory is subject to serious objections that cannot be raised against the Williamsonian view. I conclude that the Williamsonian view is the only plausible theory of time.
Supervisor: Hawthorne, John Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; philosophy of time ; the a-theory ; presentism ; Timothy Williamson