A-Theory for B-Theorists



I attempt to characterize the A-theory of time in such a way as to avoid certain standard objections to it, like those derived from McTaggart’s paradox. These objections often arise from conflation of the A-theory with other doctrines which are not entailed by it, but which happen to be held by individual A-theorists. In my view, the A-theory is most defensible when combined with a certain analysis of tense (which I call ‘the counterfactual theory of tense’), and with realism about the past and future.