•  11
    The moving spotlight
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 1-18. forthcoming.
    ABSTRACTThe moving spotlight account is a view that combines an eternalist ontology and an A-theoretic metaphysics. The intuition underlying MS is that the present time is somehow privileged a...
  •  17
    The Actual Future is Open
    Erkenntnis 1-21. forthcoming.
    Open futurism is the indeterministic position according to which the future is ‘open’, i.e., there is now no fact of the matter as to what future contingent events will actually obtain. Many open futurists hold a branching conception of time, in which a variety of possible futures exist. This paper introduces two challenges to branching-time open futurism, which are similar in spirit to a challenge posed by Fine to tense realism. The paper argues that, to address the new challenges, open futuris…Read more
  •  11
    Michelangelo’s Puzzle
    with Pierdaniele Giaretta
    Philosophia 46 (2): 453-464. 2018.
    Michelangelo thought that stone statues pre-exist their sculptors’ performance. Michelangelo’s view gives rise to a puzzle, which we call Michelangelo’s puzzle. Michelangelo’s puzzle looks structurally similar to so-called problems of material constitution ; so it is tempting to suppose that it can be similarly accounted for. This paper argues that the supposition is misguided. Michelangelo’s puzzle raises specific problems, which cannot be adequately dealt with unless one is prepared to give up…Read more
  •  49
    Agency and fictional truth: a formal study on fiction-making
    Synthese 192 (5): 1235-1265. 2015.
    Fictional truth, or truth in fiction/pretense, has been the object of extended scrutiny among philosophers and logicians in recent decades. Comparatively little attention, however, has been paid to its inferential relationships with time and with certain deliberate and contingent human activities, namely, the creation of fictional works. The aim of the paper is to contribute to filling the gap. Toward this goal, a formal framework is outlined that is consistent with a variety of conceptions of f…Read more
  •  11
    Gunky time and indeterminate existence
    Manuscrito 40 (1): 81-86. 2017.
    ABSTRACT The paper criticizes an argument recently presented by Ross Cameron. The argument purports to show that, if time is gunky, and if changes in existence are underwritten by events of coming to be, then there are cases of indeterminate existence. The putative reason is that, if time is gunky, then events of coming to be cannot be instantaneous, and hence, changes in existence must be gradual, non-clear-cut. The paper argues that this argument conflates two different readings of “event of c…Read more
  •  34
    Validity and Effectiveness of Ambiguity: A Famous Argument by Socrates (review)
    with Pierdaniele Giaretta
    Argumentation 26 (3): 393-407. 2012.
    An argument can be superficially valid and rhetorically effective even if what is plausibly meant, what is derived from what, and how it is derived is not at all clear. An example of such an argument is provided by Socrates’s famous refutation of Euthyphro’s second definition of holy, which is generally regarded as clearly valid and successful. This paper provides a stricter logical analysis than the ones in the literature. In particular, it is shown that the argument contains a syntactically am…Read more
  •  23
    Out of Nothing
    Thought: A Journal of Philosophy (2): 132-138. 2018.
    Graham Priest proposed an argument for the conclusion that ‘nothing’ occurs as a singular term and not as a quantifier in a sentence like (1) ‘The cosmos came into existence out of nothing’. Priest's point is that, intuitively, (1) entails (C) ‘The cosmos came into existence at some time’, but this entailment relation is left unexplained if ‘nothing’ is treated as a quantifier. If Priest is right, the paradoxical notion of an object that is nothing plays a role in our very understanding of reali…Read more
  •  106
    Not Just a Coincidence. Conditional Counter-examples to Locke's Thesis
    Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 1 (2): 108-115. 2012.
    So-called Locke's thesis is the view that no two things of the same kind may coincide, that is, may be completely in the same place at the same time. A number of counter-examples to this view have been proposed. In this paper, some new and arguably more convincing counter-examples to Locke's thesis are presented. In these counter-examples, a particular entity (a string, a rope, a net, or similar) is interwoven to obtain what appears to be a distinct, thicker entity of the same kind. It is argued…Read more
  •  81
    The verb ‘to know’ can be used both in ascriptions of propositional knowledge and ascriptions of knowledge of acquaintance. In the formal epistemology literature, the former use of ‘know’ has attracted considerable attention, while the latter is typically regarded as derivative. This attitude may be unsatisfactory for those philosophers who, like Russell, are not willing to think of knowledge of acquaintance as a subsidiary or dependent kind of knowledge. In this paper we outline a logic of know…Read more
  •  13
    A Mereology for the Change of Parts
    with Pierdaniele Giaretta
    In Majda Trobok Nenad Miščević & Berislav Žarnić (eds.), Between Logic and Reality, Springer. pp. 243--259. 2012.
  •  94
    Transcendental Disagreement
    The Monist 97 (4): 592-620. 2014.
    In metaphysical theorizing, it is common to use expressions whose function is that of denoting or being true of absolutely everything. Adopting a scolastic term, these may be called ‘transcendentals’. Different metaphysical theories may adopt different transcendentals, the most usual candidates being ‘thing’, ‘entity’, ‘object’, ‘be’, ‘exist’, and their counterparts in various languages dead or alive. We call ‘transcendental disagreement’ any dissent between philosophical theories or traditions …Read more
  • Knowability Principle and Disjunction Property
    with Pierdaniele Giaretta
    Logique Et Analyse 53 (209): 9-23. 2010.