Some Future Contingents and Aristotle.

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2007
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Turner, Andrew J
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Department of Languages - Modern Greek
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Aristotle argued that particular statements about the future were neither true nor false. Turner rejects this claim, arguing that implicit to such a theory is an untenable theory of time. Whilst developing a theory of time was not Aristotle’s intent, Turner believes his view does entail an ontology that is questionable at best. Once we have sorted out an acceptable theory of time, the only reasonable conclusions about all statements is that they are true or false. That we do not know whether our statements about the future are true or false is an epistemological problem. This claim is aimed at those (not necessarily Aristotle) who wish to adopt Aristotle’s view today.
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Turner, Andrew J. 2007. Some Future Contingents and Aristotle. In E. Close, M. Tsianikas and G. Couvalis (eds.) "Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University June 2005", Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek: Adelaide, 63-72.