How necessary is the past?


Authors
Ronald Mallon
Washington University in St. Louis
Abstract
[ draft, later version under review ] Joe Campbell has identified an apparent flaw in van Inwagen’s Consequence Argument. It apparently derives a metaphysically necessary conclusion from what Campbell argues is a contingent premise: that the past is in some sense necessary. I criticise Campbell’s examples attempting to show that this is not the case (in the requisite sense) and suggest some directions along which an incompatibilist could reconstruct her argument so as to remain immune to Campbell’s worries.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,740
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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Review: Précis of Past, Space and Self. [REVIEW]John Campbell - 1997 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (3):633 - 634.
Comment on Campbell.Bruce Kuklick - 2007 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 43 (2):382-385.
Defending Direct Source Incompatibilism.Eric Yang - 2012 - Acta Analytica 27 (3):325-333.
Space and Sense: The Role of Location in Understanding Demonstrative Concepts.Gloria Ayob - 2008 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 108 (1pt3):347-354.
Van Inwagen on the Cosmological Argument.Anthony Brueckner - 2001 - Philosophical Papers 30 (1):31-40.
On the Persistence of the Past.Keith Campbell - 1995 - Metaphilosophy 26 (3):260-269.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
7 ( #1,049,447 of 2,462,862 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,387 of 2,462,862 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes