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Time Travel and Self-Consistency: Implications for Determinism and the Human Condition

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Abstract:

In this paper I examine a recent scientific claim that travel into the past, so long as a ‘consistent’ trajectory is followed, may be possible. I then argue that the possibility of such travel has unexpected implications for the free will-determinism debate. In particular, human existence may be, at best, determinate but uncaused.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia

Publication date: 1999-09-01

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