PERSP Workshop on the As and Bs in the Philosophy of Time. Barcelona 19-20 September 2013

PERSP Workshop on the As and Bs in the Philosophy of Time

Barcelona 19-20 September 2013 at Residència d'Investigadors (Hospital 64)

Organized by Dan López de Sa (UB) & Stephan Torre (Aberdeen)

Sponsored by PERSP (workpackages B1 & S1) & Universitat de Barcelona


-How exactly should the debate between A-theorists and B-theorists be characterized?

-Is there genuine disagreement between A-theorists and B-theorists?

-If so, what is the source of the disagreement?

-What connection, if any, exists between the temporalism/eternalism debate for propositions and the A theory and the B-theory?

-What role does the notion of temporal passage play in the debate between the two theories?

The workshop will have a 'read-ahead' format: papers will not be presented in the sessions but instead they will be made available to registered participants to read ahead of time. Each session will be dedicated to a presentation from the commentator, a brief reply by the speaker, and the bulk of the time will be allotted for discussion.


Fabrice Correia (Neuchâtel) & Sven Rosenkranz (ICREA-UB)

Natalja Deng (Geneva)

Ned Markosian (Western Washington)

Oliver Pooley (Oxford)

Simon Prosser (St Andrews)

Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame)


Graeme A. Forbes (Kent)

Bryan Pickel (Edinburgh)

Pablo Rychter (Valencia)

Amy Seymour (Notre Dame)

Albert Solé (UAB-Barcelona)

Giuliano Torrengo (Milan)



Thursday 19

11.00 - 12.30 Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame): “An A-Theory Without Tense Operators” – comments by Pablo Rychter (Valencia)

14.30 - 16.00 Fabrice Correia (Neuchâtel) & Sven Rosenkranz (ICREA-UB): “Living on the Brink, or Welcome Back, Growing Block!” – comments by  Graeme A. Forbes  (Kent)

16.30 - 18.00 Natalja Deng (Geneva): “Fine’s McTaggart, Temporal Passage, and the A versus B-Debate” – comments by Bryan Pickel (Edinburgh)

 Friday 20

11.00 - 12.30 Ned Markosian (Western Washington): “The A-Theory of Time and Time Travel to the Past” – comments by Giuliano Torrengo (Milan)

14.30 - 16.00 Simon Prosser (St Andrews): “Experience: A fundamental challenge in the Philosophy of Time” – comments by Amy Seymour (Notre Dame)

16.30 - 18.00 Oliver Pooley (Oxford): “The Open Future, and the Passage of Time” – comments by Albert Solé (UAB-Barcelona)

Conference papers (password-protected) are available here
To receive the password you must  register for the workshop.

In order to register (no fee), please contact Chiara Panizza on before 12 September 2013. Registrations after the deadline will not be accepted.



Type of event: 
Thu, 2013-09-19 - Fri, 2013-09-20