Philos Stud (2018) 175:1791–1805 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-018-1092-9 Skow on robust passage and the moving spotlight theory Daniel Deasy Published online: 18 April 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 1 Introduction Bradford Skow’s Objective Becoming (2015) is a strikingly original and philosophically rich contribution to contemporary philosophy of time. The book rewards very careful study, and is surely a ‘must-read’ for anyone with an interest in current debates concerning time and change. Perhaps the most immediately compelling aspect of the book is its leading question: if I [Skow] didn’t already accept the ‘block universe theory’ (BU), which theory of time would I defend? Skow’s surprising (and, from my perspective, welcome!) answer is that he would defend some version of the Moving Spotlight Theory (MST). However, Skow’s reason for this answer is less familiar: it is that MST—unlike BU and its popular rival Presentism—‘contains robust passage’. Skow goes on to (quite convincingly, in my view) defend two versions of MST against a number of common objections: ‘MST-Supertense’ and ‘MST-Time’. There is no way to do justice to Skow’s densely argued book in a short paper such as this; and, as listing the points on which we agree (of which
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