Time Travel for Endurantists

American Philosophical Quarterly 52 (4):357-364 (2015)

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Michaelis Michael
University of New South Wales
Markos Valaris
University of New South Wales
Abstract
Famously, David Lewis argued that we can avoid the apparent paradoxes of time travel by introducing a notion of personal time, which by and large follows the causal flow of the time traveler's life history. This paper argues that a related approach can be adapted for use by three-dimensionalists in response to Ted Sider's claim that three-dimensionalism is inconsistent with time travel. In contrast to Lewis (and others who follow him on this point), however, this paper argues that the order of events captured by so-called "personal time" should be thought of as causal, rather than temporal.
Keywords self-visitation  persistence  four dimensionalism  three dimensionalism
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