The Future

Bede Rundle

in Time, Space, and Metaphysics

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199575114
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722349 | DOI:
The Future

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This chapter elucidates the notion of a fact as a prelude to considering whether there can be future facts, and whether and when we can speak of a prediction as true. The consequences for fatalism of the arguments are noted. The use of ‘true’ in application to conditional propositions is discussed, and the differences in this context between present-tense and future-tense verbs is explained. This leads on to a consideration of the modal character of ‘will’ and of the behaviour distinctive of ‘shall’. Questions involving precognition, freedom, and causation are then considered.

Keywords: future; fact; fatalism; conditional; precognition; causation

Chapter.  8769 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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