Time and Eternity: Ockham's Logical Point of View



This paper argues that
(1) Ockham's claims concerning the truth and modality of tensed propositions consist of two principles: (p1) the timeless logical relationship between present-tense propositions and past- or future-tense ones, and (p2) the change in the modality of events in process of time;
(2) that Ockham considers predestination and God's foreknowlege to be simultaneous with (i.e., not temporally prior to) His future action, which is present to Him;
(3) that Ockham thus tries to express timeless eternity through describing its relation to the temporal realm, using terms without cutting off temporality from them.
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