PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Section: 001 The Paradoxes of Time Travel
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Course Note:
This course is designed to provide first-year students with an intensive introduction to philosophy in a seminar format. The content varies, depending on the instructor.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

We see it depicted in film frequently — people travelling back through time to the past and finding themselves embroiled in events from the past or in some cases even meeting their younger selves. This course asks the question “it is coherent to suppose that someone could travel back through time in this way?”. Focusing on that question will provide a lens through which to consider a number of issues in metaphysics: what is the nature of the past and future, and are they somehow different from the present?; what is the nature of time — does it flow, and can you travel in it?; what makes a person at one time the same person as a person at some other time?; If someone could travel back in time, what’s to prevent them changing what happened in the past, or prevent them killing their grandfather so that they themselves were never born?

PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
40869
Closed
0
5Y1
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
40871
Open
4
8Y1
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
35381
Closed
0
 
2Y1
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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