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Logos & Episteme

Volume 1, Issue 2, 2010

Steven D. Hales
Pages 353-360
DOI: 10.5840/logos-episteme2010129

No Time Travel for Presentists

In the present paper, I offer a new argument to show that presentism about time is incompatible with time travel. Time travel requires leaving the present, which, under presentism, contains all of reality. Therefore to leave the present moment is to leave reality entirely; i.e. to go out of existence. Presentist "time travel" is therefore best seen as a form of suicide, not as a mode of transportation. Eternalists about time do not face the same difficulty, and time travel is compossible with eternalism.

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