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1. Journal of Philosophical Research: Volume > 26
L. Nathan Oaklander Is There a Difference Between the Metaphysics of A- and B-Time?
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Clifford Williams has recently argued that the dispute between A- and B-theories, or tensed and tenseless theories of time, is spurious because once the confusions between the two theories are cleared away there is no real metaphysical difference between them. The purpose of this paper is to dispute Williams’s thesis. I argue that there are important metaphysical differences between the two theories and that, moreover, some of the claims that Williams makes in his article suggest that he is sympathetic with a B-theoretic ontology.
...Is There a Difference Between the Metaphysics of A- and B-Time? ... for claiming that there is no difference between A- and B-time, I shall explain what I take ... that there is no difference between A- and B-time, is in maintaining that in order for there to be time ...
2. Philosophical Inquiry: Volume > 22 > Issue: 1/2
Barbara V. Nunn Differences Between A- and B-Time
... and useful difference between A- and B-theories of time.^ I ... not then conclude that there is no difference between A- and B-time; I ... concludes that there is no distinguishable difference between A- and B-time ...
3. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 41 > Issue: 4
Pawel Mazanka Podstawowe zagadnienia metafizyki klasycznej [Fundamental Questions of Classical Metaphysics]
... metaphysics. After recounting the origins of Aristotelian realism and the debates between ... to the differences between the structure of reality as articulated in metaphysics ... ” of philosophy and championed by such figures as M. A. Krapiec, S. Kaminski, and A. B ...
4. The New Scholasticism: Volume > 56 > Issue: 3
Kenneth Itzkowitz Reaching Beyond Aristotle: A Note On Absolute or Ontological Difference
..., culminating in the Hegelian metaphysics, has buried the absolute difference between God ... the ontological difference between Being and beings. At any rate, both thinkers speak ... is other than itself—the difference between reason and that which lies beyond ...
5. Philo: Volume > 7 > Issue: 1
L. Nathan Oaklander Absolute Becoming and the Myth of Passage
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In a recent paper, Steven Savitt attempts to demonstrate that there is an area of common ground between one classic proponent of temporal passage, C.D. Broad, and one classic opponent of passage, D.C. Williams. According to Savitt, Broad's notion of “absolute becoming” as the ordered occurrence of (simultaneity sets of) events, and Williams’ notion of “literal passage,” as the happening of events strung along the four-dimensional space-time manifold, are indistinguishable. Savitt recognizes that some might think it preposterous to maintain that Broad and Williams agree regarding the nature of passage, but by a consideration of Broad’s “OstensibleTemporality,” and Williams’ “The Myth of Passage,” Savitt attempts to demonstrate that they do in fact hold the same, and indeed the correct, view of passage. I shall argue, however, that Broad’s account of the transitory aspect of time is ontologically distinguishable from Williams’ and that only by confusing Broad’s A-theory with Williams’ B-theory or Williams’ B-theory with Broad’s A-theory could Savitt have thought that there is an area of overlap between them. A demonstration of these points will have the benefit of enabling us to clarify the ontological character ofthe dispute, of which Broad was well-aware, between the A- and B-theories of time.
... betrays confusion over the difference between the A- and B-theories of time ... will be useful in spelling out some of the differ ences between A- and B-theories of time ... and among events. At the time when Broad was writing, the debate between the A- and B ...
6. Philosophy Today: Volume > 53 > Issue: Supplement
Michael Wittala The Metaphysics of Duns Scotus and Onto-Theology
... difference between Being and beings.” 2 Within the past twenty ... to recognize ontological difference—the difference between Being ... the difference between Being and beings is not synonymous with forgetting ...
7. Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy: Volume > 23
Serguei L. Katrechko How is Metaphysics Possible: On the way to Transcendental Metaphysics
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The answer to the question “How is metaphysics possible?” can be obtained with the help of Kant’s transcendental method. Discussing the possibility of metaphysics, Kant distinguishes two modes of it: metaphysica naturalis and metaphysics as a science. Therefore, the possibility of metaphysics is divided into two sub-questions. Postulated by Kant, metaphysica naturalis, which underlies philosophy, associated with active “Kraft” of mind (imagination and understanding) and roots in metaphysics of the language connected with the sense of language (conceptual and categorial) and its formal–structural nature. Thereby the man is homo metaphysicus. Before discussing the possibility of a “scientific” metaphysics it is necessary to consider, first of all, that metaphysics per se consists of metaphysica generalis and metaphysica specialis, and secondly, the development of it includes three historical modes: antiquity meta-physics (ontology), meta-psychology (epistemology) of modern era, contemporary (post-Kantian) metaphysics. The possibility of metaphysica generalis (or transcendental ontology) is manifested by specific ontological (transcendental) predicates, i.e. categories in the Kantian sense, which exist in our language. The possibility of metaphysica specialis (or transcendental metaphysics) is manifested by impredicative wholeness, or encompassing totalities (comp. with the Encompassing (das Umgreifende of K. Jaspers), which determine the appropriate regional ontology (Husserl).
... and Unity; see Aristotle’s Metaphysics, 998b/1045a/1054a). Secondly ... , and there is always a certain tension between How is Metaphysics Possible ... for the difference between dialectic (Plato) and logic (Aristotle). Plato ...
8. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Volume > 54 > Issue: 3
L. Nathan Oaklander The Disappearance of Time: Kurt Gödel and the Idealistic Tradition in Philosophy
... to support that A-theoretic view. Thus, he claims, following Prior and others, that B-time ... distinction between the potential and the actual infinite implies time is A-theoretic. He ... and Scientist, entitled "A Remark about the Relationship between Relativity Theory ...
9. The Southern Journal of Philosophy: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
Daniel Colucciello Barber On Post-Heideggerean Difference: Derrida and Deleuze
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This paper takes up the Heideggerean question of difference. I argue that while Heidegger raises this question, his response to the question remains ambiguous and that this ambiguity pivots around the question of time. The bulk of the paper then looks at how Derrida and Deleuze respectively attempt to advance beyond Heidegger’s ambiguity regarding the questions of difference and time. Derrida is able to demonstrate the manner in which time—as delay—is constitutive of any attempt to think difference. I argue, however, that his innovative articulation of “différance” maintains an extrinsic rather than intrinsic relation to difference in-itself. To achieve an intrinsic relation, it is necessary to turn to the work of Deleuze, particularly to his discussion of “nonsense” and “singularity.”
..., or into the link between the question of difference and the question of time ... regarding the questions of difference and time. Derrida is able to demonstrate ... the manner in which time—as delay—is constitutive of any attempt to think difference. I ...
10. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 20 > Issue: 2
John D. Caputo Heidegger’s “Dif-ference” and the Distinction between Esse and Ens in St. Thomas
... metaphysics? Does he recognize the “ontological differencebetween Being and beings ... Heidegger’s “Dif-ference” and the Distinction between Esse and Ens in St ... to the difference between Being and beings, we are at a loss to respond. For this amounts ...