The Metaphysics of Time

Conference: The Metaphysics of Time: Themes from Prior

Aalborg University, March 19–21, 2019

As part of a three year project, The Primacy of Tense: A.N. Prior Now and Then, funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research (FKK) the third conference called The Metaphysics of Time will be held at Aalborg University March 19–21, 2019. We invite submissions on A.N. Prior’s contribution to metaphysics, stretching from his early writings on theology to his later extensive work on the metaphysics of time. Philosophical papers, formal or informal, are welcome. This includes papers on the history of temporal logic.

Relevant themes

Examples of relevant themes include (but are not restricted to):

  • The tensed view of time
  • The tenseless view of time
  • Branching time
  • Time and modality
  • Tense logic
  • Presentism and its rivals
  • The arrow of time
  • Time and eternity
  • Human freedom and divine foreknowledge
  • A.N. Prior’s early papers
  • Abstract entities and logical constructions
  • Hybrid logic
  • The logic of ethics
  • Anselm’s ontological argument

Keynote speaker Dr. William Lane Craig

The invited keynote speaker is Dr. William Lane Craig. Over the years he has contributed significantly to the development and exploration of the metaphysics of time. He is the author of a number of books and papers on the topic.

Submission before January 15

All papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be published in the book series Logic and Philosophy of Time – Themes from Prior by Aalborg University Press. Papers should be submitted as a Word Document in the format used by Springer in the LNAI series and should not exceed 14 pages.

Deadline for submission: January 15, 2019 at:
Notification: February 1, 2019.

LNAI template can be downloaded here

Submission for talks

We also welcome the submission of two-page abstracts for talks on topics of relevance to the conference. Authors of accepted abstracts will be offered the chance to expand their talk to a full paper, which on acceptance will be published in a later volume of the book series Logic and Philosophy of Time – Themes from Prior by Aalborg University Press.

Conference Organization

Program committee: David Jakobsen, Per Hasle, Peter Øhrstrøm.

Conference manager: Fatima Sabir.

For more information contact:

Fatima Sabir, or

David Jakobsen

The Metaphysics of Time

Dr. William Lane Craig

Dr. William Lane Craig

Some of Dr. William Lane Craig important books on time:

  • The Problem of Divine Foreknowledge and Future
    Contingents from Aristotle to Suarez. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1988.
  • The Tensed Theory of Time: A Critical Examination.
    Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000.
  • The Tenseless Theory of Time: A Critical Examination, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic
    Publishers, 2000.
  • God, Time and Eternity. Dordrecht: Kluwer
    Academic Publishers, 2001.