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The Rejection of Fatalism about the Past

Organon F, 2016, vol. 23, No 4, pp. 525-538.
Language: English
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Abstract

In this paper I defend the rejection of fatalism about the past by showing that there are possible circumstances in which it would be rational to attempt to bring about by our decisions and actions a necessary and sufficient condition, other things being equal, for something which we see as favorable to have occurred in the past. The examples I put forward are analogous to our attempts to bring about the occurrence of future events, and demonstrate the symmetry between the past and the future in this respect.

Keywords

Fatalism, Future, past, Richard Taylor, Symmetry

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