<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Flew (Anthony) - Time Travel and the Paranormal (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_20919.htm">Time Travel and the Paranormal</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/F/Author_Flew (Anthony).htm">Flew (Anthony)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophy, Vol. 63, No. 244 (Apr., 1988), pp. 266-268</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20919.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperCitings_20919.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PapersToNotes_20919.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 Introduction</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In <a name="8"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20918.htm">Sorensen (Roy) - Time Travel, Parahistory and Hume</A>", Roy Sorensen adopts a strategy of curiously, not to say perversely, indirect approach. For he begins by assuming that Hume redivivus would dismiss any reports of ostensible <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>1</SUP> on grounds similar to those upon which the historic Hume did actually dismiss all reports of the occurrence of 'miracles and prodigies'. So, Sorensen sadly says, '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'. And furthermore, Sorensen continues, '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'. Sorensen then proceeds to explain that for him: <ul type="disc">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 belief in a report of <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>5</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>6</SUP> without being a metaphysical sceptic.</ul> </li><li>But now, by what right does Sorensen assume that either the historic Hume or any of 'his followers' among our own contemporaries either must or even could allow talk about <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">time travel</A><SUP>7</SUP> to be coherent? It is perhaps conceivable that an overwhelming campaign of subtle and plausible persuasion might, in the end, have induced Hume to concede that such talk is not, what at both first and second sight it appears to be, paradigmatically self-contradictory. Nevertheless, until and unless this has been conceded, there is no room for raising any speculative questions as to whether or, if so, how we might know that someone had, as a matter of fact, returned from a time tour. </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="2018-08-02T09:28" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:28:16</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>