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Every Now and Then, no-futurism faces no sceptical problems

Button, T; (2007) Every Now and Then, no-futurism faces no sceptical problems. Analysis , 67 (4) pp. 325-332. 10.1093/analys/67.4.325. Green open access

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Abstract

Tallant (2007) challenges my recent defence of no-futurism (Button 2006), but he does not discuss the key to that defence: that no-futurism's primitive relation ‘x is real-as-of y’ is not symmetric. I shall therefore answer Tallant's challenge in the same way as I originally defended no-futurism. Doing so allows me to clarify what no-futurists should believe and to supply a variety of semantic principles for no-futurism. It also shows why no-futurists have nothing to fear from sceptical challenges. This is not to say that no-futurism has no weaknesses, however, and I conclude by suggesting where attacks on no-futurism would be better targeted.

Type: Article
Title: Every Now and Then, no-futurism faces no sceptical problems
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/analys/67.4.325
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/analys/67.4.325
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10091261
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