Presentism and Eternalism in Perspective

Steven Savitt


The usual way to (try to) distinguish presentism from eternalism is to argue that presentists affirm but eternalist deny some such sentence as 'Only presently existing things are real'. In part I of this paper I give some reasons for believing that no such non-trivial distinction can be made in this fashion. In part II I try to show how a presentism/eternalism distinction can be made and, so made, that presentism and eternalism are both true.