Time travel: reading material

I am taking a metafysics class1 and last lectur’s topic was time travel. That is an issu i sort of like but i dislike the way people discuss it, in general. Ther is a widespred lack of clarity and lack of training in the relevant logics (that is, modal logics: alethic logic and temporal logic)….

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Norman Swartz on realism about abstract objects

“Although I generally prefer negative theories – those which posit as few unempirical concepts* as possible – my own leanings in this particular case are toward Realism. My attraction to the theory is bolstered by one further consideration: I can see no way to account for the existence of certain items, e.g. pieces of music,…

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Identity and personal identity

Some people think that the identity notion is captured by the second proposal above. I think we need two notions of identity. I will not discuss that now. Strict identity For all things, for all things, for all predicates, that x and y are strictly identical logically implies that that x has predicate F is…

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The principle of unique location

For all things, for all locations y, for all locations z and for all times t, that a thing is in location y at time t and that y is not identical to z logically implies that that thing is not in location z at time t. (∀x)(∀y)(∀z)(∀t)((Lxyt∧x≠y)⇒¬Lxzt) Idea The principle is meant to capture…

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