<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Sorensen (Roy) - Time Travel, Parahistory and Hume (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_20/PaperSummary_20918.htm">Time Travel, Parahistory and Hume</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/S/Author_Sorensen (Roy).htm">Sorensen (Roy)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophy, Vol. 62, No. 240 (Apr., 1987), pp. 227-236</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20918.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperCitings_20918.htm">Books / Papers 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 Introduction</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Should I have the opportunity to travel back in time to converse with great philosophers, Hume would be high on my itinerary. My gratitude for his insights and hospitality would surely tempt me to reciprocate by telling him about my <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travels</A><SUP>1</SUP>. </li><li>But I fear he would not believe me. For the reasoning underlying Hume's famous scepticism about miracles dooms my tales of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>2</SUP> to an incredulous reception. The ensuing paragraphs will be dedicated to an elucidation of this fear. </li><li>This elucidation is of more than historical interest, since Hume's reasoning about miracles still strikes many contemporary philosophers as cogent. Thus the scepticism about <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>3</SUP> that I attribute to Hume should also be shared by his followers.</li><li>It should be noted that the scepticism at issue is epistemological rather than metaphysical. The key question will not be 'Is <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>4</SUP> possible?' We shall instead ask whether it is possible to justify a <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20918_5">belief</A></U><SUB>5</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20918_5"></A> in a report of <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>6</SUP>. The metaphysical issue will only be addressed in response to the question of whether one can be an epistemological sceptic about <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>7</SUP> without being a metaphysical sceptic. </li></ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="7"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20919.htm">Flew (Anthony) - Time Travel and the Paranormal</A>" for a response.<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P20918_5"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20918_5"><B>Footnote 5</B></A></U>: This seems fishy to me, as it breaks the parallel with miracles; because (by definition) a miracle is impossible (or at least contrary to the laws of nature). <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="2018-08-02T09:28" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:28:15</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>