Mourning the death of Michael Besso: Eternalism as therapy

Paula Sweeney*

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It is often assumed that an eternalist and a presentist will have the same emotional response to life's events because, regardless of one's metaphysical beliefs, we all have the same phenomenological experience of time passing and it is this experience that is relevant to emotional response. I question the assumption that beliefs about the metaphysics of time can have little impact on one's emotional responses and establish the position that scientific and metaphysical beliefs can offer succour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-514
Number of pages11
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date4 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

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I am grateful to anonymous referees for this journal, Christoph Hoerl, my colleagues at the University of Aberdeen, and audiences at the University of Stirling, Yonsei University and the Centre for Philosophy of Time for helpful feedback and suggestions that greatly improved this paper.


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