Self-fulfilling prophecies

Rennick, S. (2021) Self-fulfilling prophecies. Philosophies, 6(3), 78. (doi: 10.3390/philosophies6030078)

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Abstract

Causal loops are a recurring feature in the philosophy of time travel, where it is generally agreed that they are logically possible but may come with a theoretical cost. This paper introduces an unfamiliar set of causal loop cases involving knowledge or beliefs about the future: self-fulfilling prophecy loops (SFP loops). I show how and when such loops arise and consider their relationship to more familiar causal loops.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding was provided by the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant no. 182847).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rennick, Dr Steph
Authors: Rennick, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Philosophies
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2409-9287
ISSN (Online):2409-9287
Published Online:18 September 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Author
First Published:First published in Philosophies 6(3): 78
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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