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Physical Necessity and the Passage of Time

  • Peter Forrest
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Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 12)

Abstract

The basic idea of this essay is that the past is no longer contingent, hence that which has always been past was never contingent, and is, therefore, necessary in a time-independent fashion.1 In this way we can give an account of physical necessity in terms of the passage of time. My purpose is to clarify this somewhat obscure idea, and to argue for the resulting account of necessity.

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Temporal Dimension Actual World Natural Kind Australasian Journal Metaphysical Necessity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Forrest
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  1. 1.University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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