[SydPhil] Notification: Nikk Effingham @ Thu 1 Sep 2016 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Nikk Effingham
Title: Time Travel and Torturing Nikk Effingham
Abstract: As I’m about to present this paper, a time travelling DeLorean  
from the future appears and I stumble out of it. Delirious, and suffering  
from radiation poisoning, I tell you that you are all doomed as nuclear war  
will break out next week. I then die at the feet of my earlier self. We are  
all distraught. We are staunch adherents of David Lewis when it comes to  
time travel – we are Ludovicians. Ludovicians believe that time cannot be  
changed in the sense that you cannot go back in time and kill your  
grandfather nor, as is the case here, can you escape a nuclear war by using  
a time machine and then try and stop the war. What will be, will be.  But  
behind my back a Professor whispers a plan: you’ll kidnap me and hide me  
away; you’ll torture me until I’m mad; you’ll make me think a nuclear war  
has taken place when actually it’s all sunshine and joy in the outside  
world; you’ll poison me with polonium; finally, you’ll bundle me into a  
time travelling DeLorean to go back and tell everyone what I, erroneously,  
think will happen. Is it rational to do this? I argue that, in fact, it is.

When: Thu 1 Sep 2016 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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