The Open Future: Why Future Contingents are all False

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In The Open Future: Why Future Contingents are all False, Patrick Todd launches a sustained defense of a radical interpretation of the doctrine of the open future. He argues that all claims about undetermined aspects of the future are simply false. Todd argues that this theory is metaphysically more parsimonius than its rivals, and that objections to its logical and practical coherence are much overblown. Todd shows how proponents of this view can maintain classical logic, and argues that the view has substantial advantages over Ockhamist, supervaluationist, and relativist alternatives. Todd draws inspiration from theories of ''neg-raising'' in linguistics, from debates about omniscience within the philosophy of religion, and defends a crucial comparison between his account of future contingents and certain more familiar theories of counterfactuals. Further, Todd defends his theory of the open future from the charges that it cannot make sense of our practices of betting, makes our credences regarding future contingents unintelligible, and is at odds with proper norms of assertion. In the end, in Todd's classical open future, we have a compelling new solution to the longstanding "problem of future contingents".
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)9780192897916
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • the open future
  • presentism
  • indeterminism
  • future contingents
  • bivalence
  • branching time
  • temporal logic
  • Ockhamism
  • A.N. Prior
  • omiscience
  • counterfactuals
  • time

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