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Around the Tree

Semantic and Metaphysical Issues Concerning Branching and the Open Future

  • Fabrice Correia
  • Andrea Iacona

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 361)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Manuel García-Carpintero
    Pages 1-27
  3. Andrea Iacona
    Pages 29-45
  4. E. J. Lowe
    Pages 73-80
  5. Craig Bourne, Emily Caddick Bourne
    Pages 81-94
  6. Andrea Borghini, Giuliano Torrengo
    Pages 105-125
  7. Ned Markosian
    Pages 127-141
  8. Fabrice Correia
    Pages 143-168

About this book


Over the past few years, the tree model of time has been widely employed to deal with issues concerning the semantics of tensed discourse. The thought that has motivated its adoption is that the most plausible way to make sense of indeterminism is to conceive of future possibilities as branches that depart from a common trunk, constituted by the past and the present. However, the thought still needs to be further articulated and defended, and several important questions remain open, such as the question of how actuality can be understood and formally represented in a branching framework. The present volume is intended to be a 360 degree reflection on the tree model. The contributions is gathers concern the model and its alternatives, both from a semantic and from a metaphysical point of view. ​


Actual future Branching spacetime Branching time Branching time structure Determinate truth Ersatz times Future contingents Growing block theory Identity across time Indeterminacy Indeterminism and action Moment-history pair Open Future Persistence through time Possible course of events Propositional Truth Relativism / absolutism about truth Semantics of temporal discourse Supervaluational semantics Temporal logic Temporal ontology Tense logic Thin red line Truthmaker problem for presentism Truthmakers for temporary truths Two-dimensional semantics Utterance truth

Editors and affiliations

  • Fabrice Correia
    • 1
  • Andrea Iacona
    • 2
  1. 1., PhilosophyUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2., Storia e Metodologie ComparateUniversità dell'AquilaL'AquilaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Around the Tree
  • Book Subtitle Semantic and Metaphysical Issues Concerning Branching and the Open Future
  • Editors Fabrice Correia
    Andrea Iacona
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-5166-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-8161-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-5167-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 168
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Language
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