The end of mystery

Sam Baron, Mark Colyvan

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Tim travels back in time and tries to kill his grandfather before his father was born. Tim fails. But why? Lewis's response was to cite "coincidences": Tim is the unlucky subject of gun jammings, banana peels, sudden changes of heart, and so on. A number of challenges have been raised against Lewis's response. The latest of these focuses on explanation. This paper diagnoses the source of this new disgruntlement and offers an alternative explanation for Tim's failure, one that Lewis would not have liked. The explanation is an obvious one but controversial, so it is defended against all the objections that can be mustered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-264
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


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