Who Shouldn't Reduce Time's Arrow?

Erkenntnis:1-14 (forthcoming)
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Abstract

Reductive accounts of the direction of time are often paired with Humean accounts of laws, while non-reductive accounts of time are often paired with anti-Humean accounts of laws. The traditional pairing of views has recently come under question. This paper aims to clarify what sorts of anti-Humean views motivate anti-reductionism about the direction of time. It is argued that those who think (i) that the laws are metaphysically fundamental, and (ii) that the laws contain time-asymmetric contents, should treat the arrow of time as metaphysically fundamental.

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Jake Khawaja
Princeton University

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