A proof of the impossibility of completing infinitely many tasks

Abstract
In this article, I argue that it is impossible to complete infinitely many tasks in a finite time. A key premise in my argument is that the only way to get to 0 tasks remaining is from 1 task remaining, when tasks are done 1-by-1. I suggest that the only way to deny this premise is by begging the question, that is, by assuming that supertasks are possible. I go on to present one reason why this conclusion (that supertasks are impossible) is important, namely that it implies a new verdict on a decision puzzle propounded by Jeffrey Barrett and Frank Arntzenius
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive Jeremy Gwiazda, A proof of the impossibility of completing infinitely many tasks
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Victor Allis & Teunis Koetsier (1991). On Some Paradoxes of the Infinite. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 42 (2):187-194.
James Thomson (1970). Comments on Professor Benacerraf's Paper. In Wesley C. Salmon (ed.), Zeno’s Paradoxes. Bobbs-Merrill. 130--138.

View all 7 references

Citations of this work BETA
Similar books and articles
Victor Allis & Teun Koetsier (1995). On Some Paradoxes of the Infinite II. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (2):235-247.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2012-03-05

Total downloads

70 ( #19,311 of 1,096,840 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

5 ( #53,739 of 1,096,840 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.