Things mere mortals can do, but philosophers can't

Rennick, S. (2015) Things mere mortals can do, but philosophers can't. Analysis, 75(1), pp. 22-26. (doi:10.1093/analys/anu097)

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Abstract

David Lewis famously argued that the time traveller ‘can’ murder her grandfather, even though she never will: it is compossible with a particular set of facts including her motive, opportunity and skill (1976: 150). I argue that while ordinary agents ‘can’ under Lewis’s conception, philosophers cannot – the latter will not only fail to fulfill their homicidal intentions but also fail to form them in the first place.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rennick, Ms Stephanie
Authors: Rennick, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Analysis
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0003-2638
ISSN (Online):1467-8284

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