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David Lewis

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780195036466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195036468.001.0001

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The Paradoxes of Time Travel

The Paradoxes of Time Travel

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(p.67) Eighteen The Paradoxes of Time Travel
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Philosophical Papers Volume II
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David Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195036468.003.0003

This paper argues that time travel is possible, and that the paradoxes of time travel are oddities, not impossibilities. The defence of the possibility of time travel involves a commitment to enduring things having temporal as well as spatial parts, psychological continuity and connectedness and causal continuity as criteria of personal identity, and a distinction between external and personal time.

Keywords:   backward causation, paradox of time travel, personal identity, temporal parts, time, time travel

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