Giacomo Andreoletti (University of Tyumen). Branching time and desires about the future
Giacomo Andreoletti (School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen), Giacomo Andreoletti (School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen)

part of: CLE Permanent Seminar on Metaphysics
June 8, 2022, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Centro de Lógica, Epistemologia, e História da Ciência, University of Campinas

Centro de Lógica, Epistemologia e História da Ciência, Rua Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, 251

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  • Support: grant #2021/11381-1, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)


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Branching time is one of the most popular ways to resist classical fatalistic arguments. In branching time, the future is open insofar as it consists of alternative future possibilites that are all ontologically on a par. The peculiar ontology of branching time allows one to rebut fatalistic arguments to the conclusion that everything that will happen is already inevitable. However, in this paper I show that the specter of fatalism still haunts branching time, at least with respect to some aspects of the future. That is, I show how a form of fatalistic argument applies to branching time with respect to what is possible and what is not.

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