Time Travel

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Key works Classic works on the grandfather paradox are Lewis 1976 and Horwich 1975. Lewis's solution to the grandfather paradox is defended against Horwich 1989 by Smith 1997 and Dowe 2003. The relationship between the grandfather paradox and free will is discussed in Sider 2002 and Vihvelin 1996. A solution to Einstein's field equations that permits closed time-like curves is given in Gödel 1949. Closed time-like curves are discussed in Dowe 2007. The compatibility between dynamic theories of time and time travel is discussed in Monton 2003, Miller 2005, Miller 2006, Miller 2006, Dowe 2009 and Sider 2005.
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  1. On Using the Multiverse to Avoid the Paradoxes of Time Travel.J. Abbruzzese - 2001 - Analysis 61 (1):36-38.
  2. The Plato Papers a Prophesy.Peter Ackroyd - 2000
  3. Thisness and Time Travel.Robert Merrihew Adams - 1997 - Philosophia 25 (1-4):407-415.
  4. On Time Travel.Timo Airaksinen - 1980 - Dialectics and Humanism 7 (1):113-121.
  5. Count Hermann Keyserling-The Travel Diary of a Philosopher. [REVIEW]A. R. Andreae - 1925 - Hibbert Journal 24:776.
  6. The Man on the Moon.George J. Annas - 2009 - In Susan Schneider (ed.), Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 227--40.
  7. Time Travel and Modern Physics.Frank Arntzenius - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Time travel has been a staple of science fiction. With the advent of general relativity it has been entertained by serious physicists. But, especially in the philosophy literature, there have been arguments that time travel is inherently paradoxical. The most famous paradox is the grandfather paradox: you travel back in time and kill your grandfather, thereby preventing your own existence. To avoid inconsistency some circumstance will have to occur which makes you fail in this attempt to kill your grandfather. Doesn't (...)
  8. Time Travel: Double Your Fun.Frank Arntzenius - 2006 - Philosophy Compass 1 (6):599–616.
  9. Time Travel and Modern Physics.Frank Arntzenius & Tim Maudlin - 2002 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 50:169-200.
  10. Robot Dreams.Isaac Asimov - 2009 - In Susan Schneider (ed.), Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 117.
  11. Of Travel.Francis Bacon & Central School of Arts and Crafts - 1912 - L.C.C. Central School of Arts & Crafts.
  12. The Future of the Philosophy of Time.Adrian Bardon (ed.) - 2011 - Routledge.
    The last century has seen enormous progress in our understanding of time. This volume features original essays by the foremost philosophers of time discussing the goals and methodology of the philosophy of time, and examining the best way to move forward with regard to the field's core issues. The collection is unique in combining cutting edge work on time with a focus on the big picture of time studies as a discipline. The major questions asked include: What are the implications (...)
  13. Enchanted Paths and Magic Words the Quantum Mind and Time Travel in Science and in Literary Myth.E. C. Barksdale - 1998
  14. Back to the Unchanging Past.Sam Baron - 2015 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97 (2).
    The standard philosophical view of time travel has it that time travelers cannot change the past. It has been argued by some that the standard view is false, and that this can be shown using a two-dimensional model of time. I defend the standard view against this attack. I show, first, that the addition of a second temporal dimension does not provide a model of changing the past and, second, that neither does the addition of n temporal dimensions for any (...)
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  15. Time Enough for Explanation.Sam Baron & Mark Colyvan - 2016 - Journal of Philosophy 113 (2):61-88.
    The present paper advances an analogy between cases of extra-mathematical explanation and cases of what might be termed ‘extra-logical explanation’: the explanation of a physical fact by a logical fact. A particular case of extra-logical explanation is identified that arises in the philosophical literature on time travel. This instance of extra-logical explanation is subsequently shown to be of a piece with cases of extra-mathematical explanation. Using this analogy, we argue extra-mathematical explanation is part of a broader class of non-causal explanation. (...)
  16. Time and Causation in Gödel's Universe.John Bell - manuscript
    In 1949 the great logician Kurt Gödel constructed the first mathematical models of the universe in which travel into the past is, in theory at least, possible. Within the framework of Einstein’s general theory of relativity Gödel produced cosmological solutions to Einstein’s field equations which contain closed time-like curves, that is, curves in spacetime which, despite being closed, still represent possible paths of bodies. An object moving along such a path would travel back into its own past, to the very (...)
  17. Endurance and Time Travel.Jiri Benovsky - 2011 - Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 24 (1):65-72.
    Suppose that you travel back in time to talk to your younger self in order to tell her that she (you) should have done some things in her (your) life differently. Of course, you will not be able to make this plan work, we know that from the many versions of 'the grandfather paradox' that populate the philosophical literature about time travel. What will be my centre of interest in this paper is the conversation between you and ... you – (...)
  18. The Conceptual Possibility of Time Travel.George Berger - 1968 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 19 (2):152-155.
  19. On Chance in Causal Loops.J. Berkovitz - 2001 - Mind 110 (437):1-23.
    A common line of argument for the impossibility of closed causal loops is that they would involve causal paradoxes. The usual reply is that such loops impose heavy consistency constraints on the nature of causal connections in them; constraints that are overlooked by the impossibility arguments. Hugh Mellor has maintained that arguments for the possibility of causal loops also overlook some constraints, which are related to the chances (single-case, objective probabilities) that causes give to their effects. And he argues that (...)
  20. Time Travel and the Movable Present.Sara Bernstein - 2017 - In John Keller (ed.), Being, Freedom, and Method: Themes from the Philosophy of Peter van Inwagen. pp. 80-94.
    In "Changing the Past" (2010), Peter van Inwagen argues that a time traveler can change the past without paradox in a growing block universe. After erasing the portion of past existence that generates paradox, a new, non-paradox-generating block can be "grown" after the temporal relocation of the time traveler. -/- I articulate and explore the underlying mechanism of Van Inwagen's model: the time traveler's control over the location of the objective present. Van Inwagen's model is aimed at preventing paradox by (...)
  21. Nowhere Man: Time Travel and Spatial Location.Sara Bernstein - 2015 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 39 (1):158-168.
    This paper suggests that time travelling scenarios commonly depicted in science fiction introduce problems and dangers for the time traveller. If time travel takes time, then time travellers risk collision with past objects, relocation to distant parts of the universe, and time travel-specific injuries. I propose several models of time travel that avoid the dangers and risks of time travel taking time, and that introduce new questions about the relationship between time travel and spatial location.
  22. Dis-Placed Travel.Kirk Besmer - 2014 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 18 (1):133-146.
    In this paper, I pursue a postphenomenological analysis of navigating with GPS in an automobile. I argue that GPS use is essentially different from navigating with a map insofar as one need not establish nor maintain orientation and directionality. Also, GPS provides a disembodied, omniscient navigational perspective. These aspects stem from the fact that GPS relies on earth-orbiting satellites, thereby reinforcing the modern view of the space/place relation that privileges abstract space over concrete, lived places. Following a postphenomenological thesis that (...)
  23. Dis-Placed Travel: On the Use of GPS in Automobiles.Kirk Besmer - 2014 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 18 (1/2):133-146.
    In this paper, I pursue a postphenomenological analysis of navigating with GPS in an automobile. I argue that GPS use is essentially different from navigating with a map insofar as one need not establish nor maintain orientation and directionality. Also, GPS provides a disembodied, omniscient navigational perspective. These aspects stem from the fact that GPS relies on earth-orbiting satellites, thereby reinforcing the modern view of the space/place relation that privileges abstract space over concrete, lived places. Following a postphenomenological thesis that (...)
  24. Time Travel Fiction.John Bigelow - 2001 - In Gerhard Preyer & Frank Siebelt (eds.), Reality and Humean Supervenience: Essays on the Philosophy of David Lewis. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 57--91.
  25. The Cosmopolitan Evolution: Travel, Travel Narratives, and the Revolution of the Eighteenth-Century European Consciousness.Matthew W. Binney - 2006 - Upa.
    Working from the concept of cosmopolitanism and incorporating textual evidence from philosophy, drama of the English Renaissance, seventeenth-century travel narratives, and eighteenth-century literature, The Cosmopolitan Evolution, explores the interactions between the European consciousness and the foreign. The book also chronicles the development of cosmopolitanism from a form of representative universalism, which seeks to enfold all humans under on ideal, towards complex universalism, which seeks to account for alternate and particular views.
  26. Is Mental Time Travel a Frame-of-Reference Issue?Doris Bischof-Köhler & Norbert Bischof - 2007 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (3):316-317.
    Mental time travel and theory of mind develop, both phylo- and ontogenetically, at the same stage. We argue that this synchrony is due to the emergence of a shared competence, namely, the ability to become aware of frames of reference.
  27. The Travel Diaries of TR Malthus.C. P. Blacker - 1967 - The Eugenics Review 59 (2):129.
  28. On Changing the Past.Alex Blum - 2013 - Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 20 (3):377-378.
  29. Between Hegelianism Traditionalism and Orientalism. Hinrichs Windischmann and Ulrich J. Seetzen's Travel Journal.Giovanni Bonacina - 2010 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 65 (3):461-482.
  30. Wormholes and Timelike Curves: Is There Room for the Grandfather Paradox?Giovanni Boniolo - 1999 - In Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara (ed.), Language, Quantum, Music. pp. 143--157.
  31. Are You A Computer Simulation?Nick Bostrom - 2009 - In Susan Schneider (ed.), Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 20.
  32. The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches.Groffrey Bownas & Nobuyuki Yuasa - 1968 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 88 (3):623.
  33. A Note on Abnormalities in the Travel Time of a Wave Between Two Extensive Apertures.G. Bradfield & E. T. Goodwin - 1961 - Philosophical Magazine 6 (68):1065-1067.
  34. Four Centuries of Geological Travel: The Search for Knowledge on Foot, Bicycle, Sledge and Camel.David Branagan - 2009 - Annals of Science 66 (4):572-575.
  35. Travel Intention: Relative Value of Transport Alternatives.Inge Brechan - 2016 - Human Affairs 26 (4).
  36. Alternatives to the Missionary Position: Anna Leonowens as Victorian Travel Writer.Susan Brown - 1995 - Feminist Studies 21 (3):587.
  37. The Costs of Mental Time Travel.Martin Brüne & Ute Brüne-Cohrs - 2007 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (3):317-318.
    A species like ours, whose life critically depends on the ability to foresee, plan, and shape future events, is vulnerable to dysfunction if any one facet contributing to what Suddendorf & Corballis (S&C) call (MTT) is affected by disease. Although the authors mention brain pathology as a potential cause of disturbed MTT, they fail to explore psychopathological syndromes as a source to better understand the significance of MTT for normal functioning and adaptive behaviour.
  38. Historicizing American Travel, at Home and Abroad.Leslie Butler - 2011 - Modern Intellectual History 8 (1):237-251.
    In the winter of 1859, the Boston poet Julia Ward Howe sailed for Cuba; and in the winter of 1860, Ticknor and Fields published an account of her travel. A Trip to Cuba appeared only months after the same firm had published Richard Henry Dana's story of his ???vacation voyage,??? To Cuba and Back . These two narratives responded to a burgeoning American interest in the Caribbean island that promised recuperation to American invalids and adventure for military ???filibusters.??? Howe's narrative (...)
  39. Romantic Travel.Roger Cardinal - 1997 - In Roy Porter (ed.), Rewriting the Self: Histories From the Renaissance to the Present. Routledge.
  40. Compiling Nature's History: Travellers and Travel Narratives in the Early Royal Society.Daniel Carey - 1997 - Annals of Science 54 (3):269-292.
    The relationship between travel, travel narrative, and the enterprise of natural history is explored, focusing on activities associated with the early Royal Society. In an era of expanding travel, for colonial, diplomatic, trade, and missionary purposes, reports of nature's effects proliferated, both in oral and written forms. Naturalists intent on compiling a comprehensive history of such phenomena, and making them useful in the process, readily incorporated these reports into their work. They went further by trying to direct the course of (...)
  41. A New Time Travel Paradox Resolved.Erick Carlson - 2005 - Philosophia 33 (1-4):263-273.
  42. Context, Conditionals, Fatalism, Freedom & Time Travel.John Carroll - manuscript
  43. Self Visitation, Traveler Time and Non-Contradiction.John Carroll - manuscript
    The self-visitation paradox is one paradox of time travel. As Ted Sider puts it, “Suppose I travel back in time and stand in a room with my sitting 10-year-old self. I seem to be both sitting and standing, but how can that be?” (2001, 101). So as not to beg any questions, let us label what is sitting B and what is standing C. The worry is about how B can be C in light of the looming contradiction that this (...)
  44. Context, Conditionals, Fatalism, Time Travel, and Freedom.John Carroll - 2010 - In Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & Harry Silverstein (eds.), Time and Identity. MIT Press. pp. 79.
    This chapter illustrates a theory that describes how certain modal statements, including counterfactual sentences, are dependent on context. Building on the work of Robert Stalnaker and David Lewis, its application to a familiar argument for fatalism and a recent exchange about time-traveler freedom between Kadri Vihvelin and Ted Sider is considered. This chapter presents a new perspective on the flaws and the seductiveness of both the fatalist argument and the freedom paradox. This new perspective may be applied to arguments for (...)
  45. Self Visitation, Traveler Time, and Compatible Properties.John W. Carroll - 2011 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 41 (3):359-370.
    Ted Sider aptly and concisely states the self-visitation paradox thus: 'Suppose I travel back in time and stand in a room with my sitting 10-year-old self. I seem to be both sitting and standing, but how can that be?' (2001, 101). I will explore a relativist resolution of this paradox offered by, or on behalf of, endurantists.1 It maintains that the sitting and the standing are relative to the personal time or proper time of the time traveler and is intended (...)
  46. A Time Travel Dialogue.John W. Carroll, Steven Carpenter, Beth Ehrlich Slater, Gray Maddrey, Kevin Martell, Stuart Miller, Nathan Sasser, Stephen Sutton, Robert Todd, Diana Tysinger & Laura Wingler - 2014 - Open Book Publishers.
    Is time travel just a confusing plot device deployed by science fiction authors and Hollywood filmmakers to amaze and amuse? Or might empirical data prompt a scientific hypothesis of time travel? Structured on a fascinating dialogue involving  ...
  47. Time Travel, Double Occupancy, and The Cheshire Cat.John W. Carroll, Daniel Ellis & Brandon Moore - forthcoming - Philosophia:1-9.
    The possibility of continuous backwards time travel—time travel for which the traveler follows a continuous path through space between departure and arrival—gives rise to the double-occupancy problem. The trouble is that the time traveler seems bound to have to travel through his or her younger self as the trip begins. Dowe and Le Poidevin agree that this problem is solved by putting the traveler in motion for a gradual trip to the past. Le Poidevin goes on to argue, however, that (...)
  48. That Useless Time Machine.Robert Casati & Achille C. Varzi - 2001 - Philosophy 76 (4):581-583.
    Dear ‘Time Machine’ Research Group; if in order to travel to the past one has to have been there already, and if one can only do what has already been done, then why build a time machine in the first place? À quoi bon l'effort?
  49. Isabella d'Este and the Travel Diary of Antonio de Beatis.D. S. Chambers - 2001 - Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 64:296-308.
  50. Waiter Benesch, An Introduction to Comparative Philosophy: A Travel Guide to Philosophical Space Reviewed By.Timothy Chambers - 2001 - Philosophy in Review 21 (6):396-398.
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