Eternity, Relative Realities, and Ontological Idealism About Time




Idealism, Scotus, Aquinas, Temporal ontology, Creation


This paper argues that idealism can offer a new solution to the problem of relating the “static” presence of things to eternity and the “dynamic” passage of reality in the temporal realm. I first offer a presentation of this problem using the dispute between Aquinas and Scotus, then describe “ontological idealism about time,” as a smaller–scale idealism, and show how it resolves the original problem. I conclude by demonstrating that this view is consonant with the recent emphasis on the ontological dependence of things on God and that it offers a way of bringing together non–eternalist ontologies and the ontological conclusions posited by the special theory of relativity.




How to Cite

Moravec, M. (2021). Eternity, Relative Realities, and Ontological Idealism About Time. TheoLogica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, 5(1), 175–196.