This paper examines the discussion concerning temporal vacua, originated by Shoemaker’s famous 1969 paper, in connection to relationism about time – roughly, the view that time is nothing over and above a network of relations between things. A novel solution to the problem allegedly constituted by temporal vacua is presented, which turns out to call for, and support, a formulation of relationism that differs from the usual ones. In particular, it is argued that relationism requires neither actual nor merely possible modifications in the qualities or positions of things, and can be made entirely independent of the notion of change.
Morganti, M. (2017). Relationism about Time and Temporal Vacua. PHILOSOPHY, 92(1), 77-95 [10.1017/S0031819116000413].