The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time


How much do I want to read more? 6/10

Lots of different perspective about time, from philosophic to scientific snd psychologic,
Interesting but long and boring at the same time.


Introduction

we, in some sense, know more about the past than the future. With the simple act of looking in yesterday's paper I can now discover yesterday's stock report. But short of a crystal ball, there is no way I can today determine tomorrow's stock reports.
The future depends counterfactually on the present in a way the past seems not to. This asymmetry leads us to believe that the future is open in a way the past is not.

On a popular characterization of eternalism, this doctrine holds that all moments of time and their contents enjoy the same ontological status. Past and future moments, events, and objects are just as real as the present ones; they are just not “temporally here.” (Compare: the planet Neptune is not spatially here, but it does not, for that reason, fail to exist.) Eternalism contrasts with presentism, the view that only the present entities are real.