<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Carroll (John W.) - Context, Conditionals, Fatalism, Time Travel, and Freedom (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_16/PaperSummary_16823.htm">Context, Conditionals, Fatalism, Time Travel, and Freedom</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Carroll (John W.).htm">Carroll (John W.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Campbell, O'Rourke & Silverstein - Time and Identity, I - Time, Chapter 3</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16823.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperCitings_16823.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P16823_1">Abstract</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P16823_1"></A></U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>John W. Carroll offers a contextualist account of counterfactual conditionals designed to sort out the dispute between Lewis-Sider and Vihvelin on the abilities of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travellers</A><SUP>2</SUP> and reveal the problems with the fatalist's argument. </li><li>On this account, sentences like 'Tim the <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time traveller</A><SUP>3</SUP> cannot kill his Grandfather' are true in some conversational contexts and false in others. </li><li>Including certain historical facts into the "common ground" of our conversational context (for example, the precise date of Grandfather's actual death) does imply that Tim cannot kill Grandfather. </li><li>But this, argues Carroll, doesn't suggest any "logical shackles" for the <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time traveller</A><SUP>4</SUP>: it simply amounts to the proposition that Tim did not kill Grandfather. </li></ol></FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P16823_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P16823_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from p. 12 of <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_16/Abstract_16820.htm">Slater (Matthew H.) - Framing the Problems of Time and Identity</A>", footnotes removed (for now). <BR><BR><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="2018-08-02T08:36" pubdate>02/08/2018 08:36:12</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>