A Puzzle about Further Facts


Journal Article

© 2018, The Author(s). In metaphysics, there are a number of distinct but related questions about the existence of “further facts”—facts that are contingent relative to the physical structure of the universe. These include further facts about qualia, personal identity, and time. In this article I provide a sequence of examples involving computer simulations, ranging from one in which the protagonist can clearly conclude such further facts exist to one that describes our own condition. This raises the question of where along the sequence (if at all) the protagonist stops being able to soundly conclude that further facts exist.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Conitzer, V

Published Date

  • June 15, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 84 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 727 - 739

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1572-8420

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-0106

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10670-018-9979-6

Citation Source

  • Scopus