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Time travel and coincidence-free local dynamical theories

  • Giuliano TorrengoEmail author
S.I. : The Legacy of David Lewis
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Abstract

I criticize Lockwood’s solution to the “paradoxes” of time travel, thus endorsing Lewis’s more conservative position. Lockwood argues that only in the context of a 5D space-time-actuality manifold is the possibility of time travel compatible with the Autonomy Principle (according to which global constraints cannot override what is physically possible locally). I argue that shifting from 4D space-time to 5D space-time-actuality does not change the situation with respect to the Autonomy Principle, since the shift does not allow us to have a coincidence-free local dynamical theory.

Keywords

Time travel Wormoholes Multiverse 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly

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