On Jan 27, 2011, at 7:00 AM, Ronald Stamper wrote:
The only things deemed to
exist in a presentist ontology (metaphysical sense) exist
now. The present is no prison because we now have signs
that stand for things we wish to know about in the past and
Sorry, you just contradicted yourself. If the (present) signs
stand for things in the past and future, then the use of those
signs claims that those things in the past and future exist. To
use a sign to refer to something is to claim that the thing
being referred to does in fact exist. But if you are being a
presentist, those things not in the present do not exist.
You want to be a presentist, but also refer to things not in
the present. That is having your cake and eating it.