Mourning the death of Michael Besso: Eternalism as therapy

Paula Sweeney*

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It is often assumed that an eternalist and a presentist will have the same emotional response to life's events because, regardless of one's metaphysical beliefs, we all have the same phenomenological experience of time passing and it is this experience that is relevant to emotional response. I question the assumption that beliefs about the metaphysics of time can have little impact on one's emotional responses and establish the position that scientific and metaphysical beliefs can offer succour.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Early online date4 May 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 May 2021

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