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A Puzzle about Further Facts

Conitzer, Vincent (2018) A Puzzle about Further Facts. Erkenntnis. ISSN 0165-0106

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Abstract

In metaphysics, there are a number of distinct but related questions about the existence of “further facts”—facts that are contingent relative to the physical structure of the universe. These include further facts about qualia, personal identity, and time. In this article I provide a sequence of examples involving computer simulations, ranging from one in which the protagonist can clearly conclude such further facts exist to one that describes our own condition. This raises the question of where along the sequence (if at all) the protagonist stops being able to soundly conclude that further facts exist.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Conitzer, Vincentvincent.conitzer@duke.edu0000-0003-1899-7884
Keywords: Metaphysics, philosophy of mind, epistemology
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: Prof. Vincent Conitzer
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 20:28
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2018 20:28
Item ID: 14739
Journal or Publication Title: Erkenntnis
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-018-9979-6
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-018-9979-6
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Date: 2018
ISSN: 0165-0106
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14739

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