<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Smith (Nicholas J.J.) - Why Would Time Travelers Try To Kill Their Younger Selves? (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7046.htm">Why Would Time Travelers Try To Kill Their Younger Selves?</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/S/Author_Smith (Nicholas J.J.).htm">Smith (Nicholas J.J.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Monist, July 2005, Vol. 88 Issue 3, p388-395, 8p</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7046.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperCitings_7046.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PapersToNotes_7046.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Author s <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P7046_1">Introduction</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P7046_1"></A></U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In this note I raise a new problem for backwards <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>2</SUP>, and make some first suggestions as to how it might be solved. I call it the <em>motivation problem</em>. </li><li>It is not a logical or a metaphysical problem, but a psychological one. It does not impact upon the possibility, or even the likelihood, of backwards <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>3</SUP>. Yet it is deeply puzzling, and we will have no idea what <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>4</SUP> would actually be <em>like</em> until we explore it. </li><li>Thus, where other problems for backward <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>5</SUP> assume that we know what <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>6</SUP> would be like, and argue that we cannot have it, this new problem gives us no reason to think that we cannot have <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>7</SUP>, but argues that we have much less idea than we usually suppose about what it would really be like to travel back in time.</li></ol></FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P7046_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P7046_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: I had what looked like an Abstract, but it peters out and isn t taken from the text:- <FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The article explains why <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travelers</a> would try to kill their younger selves on backwards <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</a>. </li><li>The <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time traveler</a> might deliberate in the usual way and have all the normal feelings of agency that people usually have when deciding what to do and doing it, and might at the same time clearly remember that encounter in which people are engaged. </li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:54" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:54:02</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>