AVOIDING OR CHANGING THE PAST?
Version of Record online: 16 FEB 2011
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Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 92, Issue 1, pages 11–17, March 2011
How to Cite
GODDU, G.C. (2011), AVOIDING OR CHANGING THE PAST?. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 92: 11–17. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2010.01383.x
- Issue online: 16 FEB 2011
- Version of Record online: 16 FEB 2011
Some philosophers argue that any attempt to model changing the past will either be contradictory or really model avoiding the past. Using Nicholas Smith's (1997) argument as a basis, I formulate a generic version of this Avoidance Argument. I argue that the Avoidance Argument fails because (i) it involves an equivocation of what is meant by ‘bifurcation of the time of an event’ and (ii) resolving the equivocation results in the falsity of at least one of the premises. Hence, the Avoidance Argument will not support the claim that changing the past is logically impossible.