Naive Realism, Seeing Stars, and Perceiving the Past
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
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Moran, A. Naive Realism, Seeing Stars, and Perceiving the Past. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.24315
Abstract. It seems possible to see a star that no longer exists. Yet it also seems right to say that what no longer exists cannot be seen. We therefore face a puzzle, the traditional answer to which involves abandoning naïve realism in favour of a sense datum view. In this paper, however, I offer a novel exploration of the puzzle within a naïve realist framework. As will emerge, the best option for naïve realists is to embrace an eternalist view of time, and claim that in the relevant case, one sees a still existent star-stage located somewhere in the distant past.
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.24315
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