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Fabio Lampert
University of Greifswald
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It is a widely held principle that no one is able to do something that would require the past to have been different from how it actually is. This principle of the fixity of the past has been presented in numerous ways, playing a crucial role in arguments for logical and theological fatalism, and for the incompatibility of causal determinism and the ability to do otherwise. I will argue that, assuming bivalence, this principle is in conflict with standard views about knowledge and the semantics for ‘actually’. I also consider many possible responses to the argument.
Keywords Fixity of the Past  Free will  Ability  Knowledge  Actuality  Contingent A Priori  Necessity  Incompatibilism  Fatalism  Theological Fatalism  Modal Logic
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DOI 10.1093/analys/anab092
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