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On Going Backward in Time

Earman, John (1967) On Going Backward in Time. Philosophy of Science, 34 (3). 211 - 222. ISSN 0031-8248

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<jats:p>This paper presents a critical examination of claims advanced by several philosophers to the effect that ‘time travel’ represents a physical possibility and that the interpretation of certain actually observed phenomena in terms of ‘time travel’ is both legitimate and advantageous. It is argued that (a) no convincing motivation for the introduction of the time travel hypothesis has been presented; (b) no coherent and interesting sense of ‘going backward in time’ has been supplied which makes ‘time travel’ compatible with Special Relativity; (c) even the conceptual possibility of ‘time travel’ is an unsettled and somewhat nebulous question.</jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Earman, Johnjearman@pitt.eduJEARMAN
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: September 1967
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Volume: 34
Number: 3
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Page Range: 211 - 222
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1086/288153
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0031-8248
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2012 14:42
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2022 14:55


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