Jeremy Byrd is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tarrant County College. He is interested in both the contemporary and the historical debate over free will and moral responsibility. This research has led to publications in The British Journal of the History of Philosophy, Kant Studien, The Philosophical Quarterly, and Synthese, along with a forthcoming article in The Canadian Journal of Philosophy.
THE NECESSITY OF TOMORROW'S SEA BATTLE
Article first published online: 19 MAY 2010
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The Southern Journal of Philosophy
Volume 48, Issue 2, pages 160–176, June 2010
How to Cite
Byrd, J. (2010), THE NECESSITY OF TOMORROW'S SEA BATTLE. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 48: 160–176. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2010.01011.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 19 MAY 2010
In chapter 9 of De Interpretatione, Aristotle offers a defense of free will against the threat of fatalism. According to the traditional interpretation, Aristotle concedes the validity of the fatalist's arguments and then proceeds to reject the Principle of Bivalence in order to avoid the fatalist's conclusion. Assuming that the traditional interpretation is right on this point, it remains to be seen why Aristotle felt compelled to reject such an intuitive semantic principle rather than challenge the fatalist's inference from truth to necessity. The answer, I contend, lies in Aristotle's theory of truth and truthmakers.