Time, Chance, and the Necessity of Everything

Alexander Bird

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Is there any contingency in the world? Surely it is possible that there might not have been any thought. That is, it is a contingent fact that there are creatures that can think. Had the history of the world been different—and it could have been different—then such creatures might never have existed. In this paper I present an argument to the contrary, whose conclusion is that whatever is true necessarily.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChance and Temporal Asymmetry
EditorsAlastair Wilson
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages0
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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