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Fate, time, and language : an essay on free will : David Foster Wallace

Author: Steven M Cahn; Maureen Eckert; David Foster Wallace
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2011.
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Presents David Foster Wallace critiques philosopher Richard Taylor's work implying that humans have no control over the future and includes essays linking Wallace's critique with his later works of fiction.
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Named Person: Richard Taylor; Richard Taylor; David Foster Wallace
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven M Cahn; Maureen Eckert; David Foster Wallace
ISBN: 023115156X 9780231151566 0231151578 9780231151573 0231527071 9780231527071
OCLC Number: 635463859
Notes: "Richard Taylor's 'Fatalism' and the semantics of physical modality"--T.p. verso.
Description: viii, 252 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: I: The background --
Introduction / Steven M. Cahn --
Fatalism / Richard Taylor --
Professor Taylor on fatalism / John Turk Saunders --
Fatalism and ability / Richard Taylor --
Fatalism and ability II / Peter Makepeace --
Fatalism and linguistic reform / John Turk Saunders --
Fatalism and Professor Taylor / Bruce Aune --
Taylor's fatal fallacy / Raziel Abelson --
A note on fatalism / Richard Taylor --
Tautology and fatalism / Richard Sharvy --
Fatalistic arguments / Steven Cahn --
Comment / Richard Taylor --
Fatalism and ordinary language / John Turk Saunders --
Fallacies in Taylor's "fatalism" / Charles D. Brown --
2: The essay --
Renewing the fatalist conversation / Maureen Eckert --
Richard Taylor's "fatalism" and the semantics of physical modality / David Foster Wallace --
3: Epilogue --
David Foster Wallace as student: a memoir / Jay Garfield.
Responsibility: edited by Steven M. Cahn and Maureen Eckert ; introduction by James Ryerson ; epilogue by Jay Garfield.

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Long before he probed the workings of time, human choice, and human frailty in "Infinite Jest," Wallace wrote a brilliant philosophical critique of Richard Taylor's argument for fatalism. This volume  Read more...

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Fatalism, the sorrowful erasure of possibilities, is the philosophical problem at the heart of this book. To witness the intellectual exuberance and bravado with which the young Wallace attacks this Read more...

 
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