When reporting the views of another person, what tense should I use? Here are three fragments of a paragraph from a text I am currently writing:
"Another objection is that Friedman overestimates the importance...",
"Against [this], Wilfrid Hodges protests that... ",
"...many arguments that Kant regarded as purely logical are...".
My intuition is that I use the present tense with contemporary figures and past tense with historical figures, but this seems arbitrary. In other passages, it feels more natural to also speak of the views of a historical figure like Kant in the present tense, as they are on the record (so to speak) and stand for themselves.
Many thanks in advance