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Definition of the noun presentism

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noun - plural: presentisms

  1. the doctrine that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (as in the Book of Revelations) are presently in the course of being fulfilled

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  1. The belief that only current phenomena are relevant.
  2. Interpreting past phenomena in terms of current beliefs and knowledge.


  1. Presentism is the philosophical doctrine that only events and entities—and, in some versions of presentism, timeless objects or ideas like numbers and sets—that occur in the present exist. According to presentism, events and entities that are wholly past or wholly future do not exist at all. Presentism contrasts with eternalism and the growing block theory of time, both of which hold that past events, like the Battle of Waterloo, and past entities, like Alexander the Great's warhorse Bucephalus, really do exist, though not in the present; eternalism alone extends this to future events as well.
  2. Presentism: In literary and historical analysis, presentism is a mode of literary or historical analysis in which present-day ideas and perspectives are anachronistically introduced into depictions or interpretations of the past. Some modern historians seek to avoid presentism in their work because they believe it creates a distorted understanding of their subject matter. The practice of presentism is a common fallacy in historical writings.

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Google previewModality and Tense (2005)

Philosophical Papers by Kit Fine

Ontic presentism is an ontological position; it is a view about what there is. Factive presentism, on the other hand,

Google previewMemory and Myths of the Norman Conquest (2013)

by Siobhan Brownlie

Presentism is a general characteristic of memory, since the past will only be recalled and ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Ontology (2013)

by Nikk Effingham

Thisposition – thatthe only material objects which existare those that presently exist – is called presentism. So the presentist is an antirealist about things from other times (and thismight include thingsotherthanobjects, suchas events like the ...

Google previewKnowledge and Reality (2006)

Essays in Honor of Alvin Plantinga by Thomas M. Crisp, Matthew Davidson, David Vander Laan

Tomberlin California State University, Northridge In the metaphysics of time and tense, presentism is the view that there are no objects that do not presently exist.1 According to the presentist, there are no philosophical problems ...

Google previewLanguage and Time (2002)

by Quentin Smith

Presentism is the theory that every possibly true sentence has present- ness for a logical subject and that every state of affairs has presentness for a metaphysical subject. The full meaning of this formulation will be explicated in the course of ...

Google previewQuestions of Time and Tense (1998)

by Robin Le Poidevin

Smith's presentism is the view that presentness is a logical subject of every proposition and u ...

Google previewMichel Foucault (1999)

Materialism and Education by Mark Olssen

Whereas presentism refers to the order of signification, relativism concerns the order of truth. In this regard, says Habermas, Foucault's historicism is inevitably caught in its own trap of being able to follow practices that are caught in the endless ...

Google previewSpace, Time, and Spacetime (2010)

Physical and Philosophical Implications of Minkowski's Unification of Space and Time by Vesselin Petkov

Presentism is the position in the philosophy of time that maintains that nothing exists that is not present. In other words, only present events and objects exist, but no past or future events or objects do. Furthermore, it usually assumes that there ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Change (2013)

Three Volume Set by John A Matthews

JAM presentism The undesirable practice of distorting the interpretation of historical events as a result of the inappropriate application of present knowledge and understanding. Presentism or Whiggism is a complex historiographic issue, ...

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology (2009)

by Alan Barnard, Jonathan Spencer

Recent research and writing on the history of the discipline, apart from leaning towards either presentism or historicism,has concentrated on three areas: intellectual history (ideas and methods), the history of institutions (museums, learned ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology (2012)

by Mike Morris, Michael Ashley Morris

presentism. The interpretation of history with a bias toward current attitudes (“people in the nineteenth century were sexist and racist”). prestation. Payment, gift, or service rendered in accordance with tradition. Used by mauss ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Performance and Contemporary Theatre (2016)

by Patrice Pavis

Presentism Other reasons explain this almost complete ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Human Geography (2013)

by Alisdair Rogers, Noel Castree, Rob Kitchin


Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Metaphysics (2011)

by Gary Rosenkrantz, Joshua Hoffman

So, presentism is compatible with the commonsense idea that a persisting individual substance endures through time. On the other hand, eternalists, whose ranks for the most part include the advocates of four-dimensional space-time, argue ...

Google previewGlobal Dictionary of Theology (2009)

A Resource for the Worldwide Church by William A. Dyrness, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

Presentism is immune to McTaggart's paradox because the only tense any moment or event ever has is presentness; in coming to be things become present , and in ceasing to be present they simply cease to be. Although it is frequently ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion (2010)

by Elsa J. Marty, Charles Taliaferro

PRESENTISM. The view that only the present exists. Theistic presentists hold that God is temporal, existing in the present moment and is not timelessly eternal.

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2002)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

pianism, pietism, plagiarism, Platonism, pleinairism, Plotinism, pluralism, pointillism, populism, pragmatism, presentism, privatism, prosaism, Prussianism, puerilism, pugilism, Puseyism, Pyrrhonism, Quakerism, quietism, rabbinism, racialism, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology (2002)

by Dr Alan Barnard, Jonathan Spencer

Insider anthropologists, often lacking historical training and with a natural tendency towards presentism, have favoured the explication of ideas and methods (see Kuper's writing) and the biographical /autobiographical approach. The rise of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Media and Politics (2013)

by Kerric Harvey

Rushkoff has coined the term presentism to describe the diminishment of everything that is not happen- ing right now. From status updates to location check-ins on Foursquare to tweets and trending topics, there is a lure to the instantaneous.

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