Closed Time and Local Time: a reply to dowe


  • Steven Savitt University of British Columbia


Closed time. Local time. Dowe. Causal diamond. Gunky time and indeterminate existence.


In his contribution to this issue, “A and B Theories of Closed Time”, Phil Dowe argues that A- and B-theories of time are equally compatible with closed time, though it is commonly supposed that only B-theories are compatible with it. With some reservations to be noted below I agree with Dowe’s general conclusion, but  in the course of his argument there are a number of false statements and misrepresentations of detail that require comment. I will not be able to deal with all of them in this brief note.


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Biografia do Autor

Steven Savitt, University of British Columbia

My general interests are in physics, metaphysics and metametaphysics. My current area of research is philosophy of time. My project is to look at traditional metaphysical problems of time through the lenses of modern spacetime theories.


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SAVITT, S. Closed Time and Local Time: a reply to dowe. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 40, n. 1, p. 197–207, 2017. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 set. 2022.