The metaphysical possibility of time travel fictions

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Abstract

In some stories, time travellers cannot change the past. It is widely accepted that this is metaphysically possible. In some stories, time travellers can change the past. Many philosophers have explained how that, too, is metaphysically possible. This paper considers narratives where sometimes the past can change and sometimes it cannot, arguing that this is also something that is possible. Further, I argue that we can make sense of stories where some events appear to be ‘fixed points in time’.
Original languageEnglish
JournalErkenntnis
Early online date16 Jun 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jun 2021

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Logic

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