Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Past, philosophy: the set of events before the point of time an observer sees as his presence. Past can be characterized as the period in which decisions are not possible. A time traveler would experience a section of the past as his present. See also present, future, time, to measure, presentism, actualism, reality, time travel.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Wright I 93
Past/History/Dummett/Wright: Truth attributions for statements about the past remain incomprehensible, unless they are limited by currently available evidence.
Dum III 170f
Influence of past/parallel to fatalism (no influence on the future: E.g. chief dances, so the young men may turn out to be brave (two days later) - depending on the underlying beliefs evidence will speak in favor of superstition of the chief and even increase the likelihood. - N.B.: knowledge of the future: depends on intention - knowledge of the past: does not depend on intention.
III 184
Time/past/Dummett: the theological E.g. was bad - if I am convinced that my son drowned, I’ll stop praying.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Du I
M. Dummett
Ursprünge der analytischen Philosophie Frankfurt 1992

M. Dummett
Wahrheit Stuttgart 1982

Wri I
Crispin Wright
Wahrheit und Objektivität Frankfurt 2001

Georg Henrik von Wright
Erklären und Verstehen Hamburg 2008

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