Philosophy

The Open Future

The Open Future: Why Future Contingents are All False.

The Open Future book cover

Next week Philosophy lecturer Patrick Todd will travel to Vancouver to attend this year’s meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association (APA). As part of the programme, Patrick will be taking part in an ‘author meets critics’ session to promote his latest book The Open Future: Why Future Contingents are All False. 

The book provides the first full length defence of radical interpretation of the doctrine of the open future, arguing that all claims about undetermined aspects of the future are simply not true. Patrick also deals with what are often very technical problems in an engaging, accessible way. The book Incorporates insights from metaphysics, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, and even linguistics and could be read by any person familiar with introductory logic.

The Open Future: Why Future Contingents are All False is available from Oxford University Press.

American Philosophical Association

The APA was founded in 1900 with the goal of promoting the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and to represent philosophy as a discipline. With over 9,000 members it is one of the largest philosophical societies in the world. The APA is divided into three divisions each of which meets once a year.

This year’s meeting takes place from Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th April. The ‘author meets critics’ session that Patrick will take part in is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

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