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A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time$
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Adrian Bardon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199976454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976454.001.0001

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Is Time Travel Possible?

Is Time Travel Possible?

(p.127) Chapter 6 Is Time Travel Possible?
A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time

Adrian Bardon

Oxford University Press

The static theory of time treats temporal location a lot like spatial location. In accordance with contemporary physics, spacetime is treated in this theory as an unchanging four-dimensional block. Each temporal slice of the continuum is just as real as any other, just as any part of space is just as real as any other. Some might suggest that this means that travel to other parts of time should be possible, at least in theory, just as travel to other parts of space is possible. Thus an investigation of the possibility of time travel is at the same time an investigation of the implications of the static theory of time.

Keywords:   Lewis, Gödel, grandfather paradox, general theory of relativity, twin

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