<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Casati (Roberto) & Varzi (Achille) - That Useless Time Machine (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_20927.htm">That Useless Time Machine</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Casati (Roberto).htm">Casati (Roberto)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/V/Author_Varzi (Achille).htm">Varzi (Achille)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophy, Vol. 76, No. 298 (Oct., 2001), pp. 581-583</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20927.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperCitings_20927.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Authors Pseudo-Conclusion</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li><b>Dear '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">Time Machine</A><SUP>1</SUP>' Research Group</b>: We appreciate the distinction between changing the past (impossible) and affecting the past (possible). However, this simply reinforces our initial impression: your project has no practical value. </li><li>If in order to travel to the past one has to have been there already, and if one can only do what has already been done, then <em>a quoi bon l'effort</em>? Why should we invest in a '<a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">Time Machine</A><SUP>2</SUP>' at all? We are afraid that our decision is now final. </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 09:28:29</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>