[SydPhil] Reminder: Ali Navabi @ Mon 5 Nov 13:00 - 14:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Ali Navabi
A Theory of the Temporal Asymmetry of Deliberation

Abstract. Contemporary theories of the temporal asymmetry of deliberation  
seek the origins of the asymmetry either in the physics of the early  
universe or in the epistemic orientation of agents. I attempt to  
consolidate the rival thesis that the temporal asymmetry of deliberation is  
rooted in an ontological divide between the past and the future. I argue  
that agents can deliberate about the future but not the past because while  
the past is in a sense real, the future is nothing at all. The argument for  
the thesis includes striking a connection between deliberation and truth on  
the one hand and truth and being on the other. The argument thus proceeds,  
via a modal principle, from the asymmetry of deliberation into the  
semantics of propositions about the past, the present, and the future and  
from there to the ontology of the past, the present, and the future. The  
‘ticket’ for transition in the argument from semantics to ontology is a  
truth-making principle, according to which propositions are true or false  
in virtue of an existing reality.
When: Mon 5 Nov 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Philosophy Common Room
Calendar: Current Projects
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