Relativity and the Moving Spotlight
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The moving spotlight theory of time is usually introduced as follows. The theory combines eternalism—the doctrine that past, present, and future times all exist— with “objective becoming.” The claim that there is objective becoming has two parts. First, facts about which time is present are non-relative. That is, even if in some sense each time is present relative to itself, only one time is absolutely present. That time, and only that time, glows with a special metaphysical status. And second, which instant is absolutely present keeps changing. The NOW moves along the series of times from earlier times to later times.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Journal of Philosophy
The Journal of Philosophy, Inc.
Bradford Skow, "Relativity and the Moving Spotlight," The Journal of Philosophy, 106 (December 2009): 666-678. © 2009 The Journal of Philosophy, Inc.
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