Philosophy Research Seminar: Nikk Effingham (Birmingham)
|Dates:||6 October 2015|
|Times:||15:00 - 17:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
"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 and nuclear war will break out next week. I then die at the feet of my earlier self. We are all distraught; as staunch adherents of David Lewis, when it comes to time travel we know that time cannot be changed. 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 in a time travelling DeLorean to go back and tell everyone what I, erroneously, think will happen. Is it sensible to torture Nikk Effingham in the hopes of averting a nuclear disaster?
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Lecture Theatre A