What is the nature of causation? Is backward causation possible, i.e., can an effect precede its cause
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Topics for Final Paper (choose one question -minimum 5 pages-double spaced)
1. What is the nature of causation? Is backward causation possible, i.e., can an effect precede its cause? Why or why not? (provide a critical analysis of Mackie, “Causes and Conditions”; Dummett, “Bringing about the past” and consult PowerPoint Lecture 6 “Cause, Effect, and Time” when answering this question)
2. Does time have a direction? If so, what is the source of its direction? (Provide a critical analysis of Sklar, “Up, Down, Left, Right, Past, Future”; and consult PowerPoint Lecture 6 – ‘Time’s Arrow” and LePoidevin, Travels in Four Dimensions, ch. 12 when answering this question).
3. Can we travel to the past? What are the implications for personal identity and the unity of time if multi-directional time travel is possible? (Provide a critical analysis of Lewis’ paradoxes of Time Travel and consult the Power Point lectures 8 and /or 9 when answering this question)
4. Is God in time? Does the existence of God have any bearing on the nature of time and the realist /anti-realist debate? (Provide a critical analysis of Dummett, “Thought and Reality”: Craig, “God and real time”; PowerPoint lectures 3 and 10)
Due Thursday, September 1st