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Nils Franzén: Openness and Mutability

Time Wednesday 9 February, 2022 at 13:15 - 15:00
Place Online in Zoom

The Research Seminar Series in Philosophy invites you to a seminar with Nils Franzén, Umeå University, "Openness and Mutability".

Abstract: It’s a fundamental feature of our experience of the world that the past appears to us as settled, whereas part of what is to come is not yet settled. What I had for breakfast yesterday is already determined, and so is the year of the battle of Blenheim. What I will have for breakfast tomorrow is not settled, and neither are the results of the winter Olympics in 2030. The past is closed, the future is open. In this presentation, I criticize the view that the openness of the future is manifested by contingent statements about the future being neither true nor false. In its place, I explore a diagnosis on which the pretheoretical openness of the future resides in its mutability.

All interested are welcome to participate in this seminar.

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Nils Franzén
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Pär Sundström
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