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Time Travel and Changing the Past: (Or How to Kill Yourself and Live to Tell the Tale)

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Abstract:

According to the prevailing sentiment, changing the past is logically impossible. The prevailing sentiment is wrong. In this paper, I argue that the claim that changing the past entails a contradiction ultimately rests upon an empirical assumption, and so the conclusion that changing the past is logically impossible is to be resisted. I then present and discuss a model of time which drops the empirical assumption and coherently models changing the past. Finally, I defend the model, and changing the past, against objections.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9329.00203

Affiliations: University of Richmond, Email: ggoddu@richmond.edu

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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