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William of Ockham on Future Contingency

William of Ockham on Future Contingency In his philosophy, William of Ockham (1285-1347) offered an important and detailed response to the classical argument from the truth of a statement regarding the future to the necessity (unpreventability) of the statement. In this paper, Ockham’s solution and the possible formalisation of it are discussed in terms of modern tense and modal logic. In particular, the famous branching time formalisation suggested by A. N. Prior (1914-19) is discussed. Weaknesses and problems with this suggestion are pointed out, and an alternative formalisation of Ockham’s solution without the use of branching time is presented. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Kronoscope Brill

William of Ockham on Future Contingency

Kronoscope , Volume 18 (2): 16 – Sep 18, 2018

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1567-715x
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1568-5241
DOI
10.1163/15685241-12341413
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Abstract

In his philosophy, William of Ockham (1285-1347) offered an important and detailed response to the classical argument from the truth of a statement regarding the future to the necessity (unpreventability) of the statement. In this paper, Ockham’s solution and the possible formalisation of it are discussed in terms of modern tense and modal logic. In particular, the famous branching time formalisation suggested by A. N. Prior (1914-19) is discussed. Weaknesses and problems with this suggestion are pointed out, and an alternative formalisation of Ockham’s solution without the use of branching time is presented.

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KronoscopeBrill

Published: Sep 18, 2018

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