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Foreknowledge, Causal Relations, and Subjunctive Conditionals

Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski

in The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195107630
eISBN:
9780199852956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195107630.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

It is often thought that physical laws just are generalized subjunctive conditionals expressing relations between physical events. Metaphysical laws, on the other hand, seem to be more than the ... More


Essence, Laws, and Explanation

Boris Kment

in Modality and Explanatory Reasoning

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199604685
eISBN:
9780191758928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604685.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Chapter 6 develops the working account of essence, grounding, and fundamentality that will be applied in the rest of the book. After a discussion of the logical form of essential truths and of how to ... More


Metaphysical and Nomic Necessity

Boris Kment

in Modality and Explanatory Reasoning

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199604685
eISBN:
9780191758928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604685.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Chapter 7 analyzes metaphysical necessity and nomic necessity. To simplify somewhat, worlds with the same metaphysical laws as actuality are closer to the actual world than other worlds—they “form a ... More


Introduction

Ryan Wasserman

in Paradoxes of Time Travel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198793335
eISBN:
9780191841989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793335.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Chapter 1 explains the concept of time travel, clarifies the main question to be addressed, and previews the paradoxes to come. Section 1 explains the traditional view of time travel as involving a ... More


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