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The content of the propositions concerns the states of affairs taking place at that instant (mathematical propositions would, of course, be irrelevant). e. what makes a certain statement about the past true (if it is true) is the evidence that at present exists. ) This is possible in virtue of the fact that there are present facts which derive their character from causal connection with past states of affairs, and which determine (at least to some extent) the character of the future. 1 38 Change, Cause and Contradiction Prior is not explicit in his avowal of this doctrine, though remarks in (1970) and (1967), p.

Since the division, x and y' s life histories have diverged somewhat, sox is now <1> andy is now not . e. y is . Prior's initial response is to cast doubt on 4, which is, he thinks, suggestive of logical determinism. In fact I believe 4 to be trivial, since on Prior's own scheme, it is guaranteed by present, not past, fact. But in any case, we can construct a problem which clearly does not rest upon deterministic premises, as follows. One supposedly tense logical version of Leibniz's Law structurally parallel to 5 is A counterexample to 6 is provided by the case of the fusion of two individuals, x andy, where prior to the fusion, x was <1> andy was not .

Since the division, x and y' s life histories have diverged somewhat, sox is now <1> andy is now not . e. y is . Prior's initial response is to cast doubt on 4, which is, he thinks, suggestive of logical determinism. In fact I believe 4 to be trivial, since on Prior's own scheme, it is guaranteed by present, not past, fact. But in any case, we can construct a problem which clearly does not rest upon deterministic premises, as follows. One supposedly tense logical version of Leibniz's Law structurally parallel to 5 is A counterexample to 6 is provided by the case of the fusion of two individuals, x andy, where prior to the fusion, x was <1> andy was not .

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