Simon Prosser

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According to the B-theory, the passage of time is an illusion. Although times are objectively ordered, with every time earlier or later than every other, no time is objectively past, present or future. The A-theory, by contrast, says that time passes. Here I shall use the term ‘A-theory’ to include any ‘dynamic’ view of time; the term thus encompasses(More)
Closest-continuer or best-candidate accounts of persistence seem deeply unsatisfactory, but it’s hard to say why. The standard criticism is that such accounts violate the ‘only a and b’ rule, but this criticism merely highlights a feature of the accounts without explaining why the feature is unacceptable. Another concern is that such accounts violate some(More)
Liquid chromatography combined with electrospray ionization is widely used for direct analysis of polar and labile molecules by LCMS. The on-line coupling in LCMS is a major strength but also causes a principal limitation that each eluting analyte has to be analyzed immediately and is not available for detailed interrogation after the LCMS run. Here we(More)
John Perry (1986) has argued that language, thought and experience often contain unarticulated constituents. John Campbell (1993, 1994, 1998) has taken up a similar theme with his distinction between monadic and relational notions and the related notion of causal indexicals, as has Sydney Shoemaker (1994). I shall argue (using Perry’s terminology) that the(More)
I shall refer to all theories according to which time passes (including dynamic versions of presentism, ‘growing block’ theories, ‘shrinking tree’ theories, and so on) under the umbrella term ‘A-theory’, and I shall use the term ‘B-theory’ in the standard way to refer to the theory according to which time does not pass, and although events are ordered in(More)
The notion of an emergent property has aroused much recent discussion among both scientists and philosophers. Many quite different kinds of properties have been described as ‘emergent’, the only clear common factor being the broad idea that when a physical system of sufficient complexity is in a suitable configuration new properties ‘emerge’ in a way that(More)
In this paper I wish to draw attention to a feature of judgments expressible using indexical terms such as I, here and now and the significance this feature has for discussions of Immunity to Error through Misidentification (IEM). The feature in question is this: consider a subject who sincerely expresses a belief using an utterance of the form 'λ is F',(More)
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