Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Future: future is a collective term for a set of events that occurs or could occur temporally after the present. In contrast to the set of past events, which cannot be changed, the future can be shaped within a certain framework. See also past, present, time, truth.

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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Real future/Dummett: sentences about the future, true or false, depending on what happens in the future - unreal future: sentences about current trends: t/f depends on the current assertability conditions - if present tense form decidable, then truth conditions manifestable by the speaker - compound sentences about the future: make distinction truth/assertibility necessary - e.g. antecedent in conditional -> Extension of the truth conditions by correctness/incorrectness.
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Dum III 167
Future/Law of the Excluded Middle/Dummett: applies here as well - otherwise one would have to deny real future and allow only unreal future: only current trends.
III 175
Knowledge/Future/Dummett: two types of advance knowledge: 1) the prediction based on causal laws 2) Knowledge by intention - if I believe I can predict the non-happening of an event, I cannot also believe I can contribute something to bring it about without falling into contradictions.
III 182
Time/Future/Knowledge/(s)/Dummett: E.g. if I can decide whether I take the bike to get there sooner, then I cannot be unaware if I will arrive sooner.

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

G. Evans/J. McDowell
Truth and Meaning Oxford 1977

Ev I
G. Evans
The Varieties of Reference (Clarendon Paperbacks) Oxford 1989

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