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Fate, time, and language : an essay on free will

Author: David Foster Wallace; Steven M Cahn; Maureen Eckert
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2011.
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Long before he published Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace wrote a brilliant critique of Richard Taylor's argument for fatalism. In 1962, Taylor used six commonly-accepted presuppositions to imply that humans have no control over the future. Not only did Wallace take issue with Taylor's method, which, according to him, scrambled the relations of logic, language, and the physical world, but he also called out a  Read more...
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Wallace, David Foster.
Fate, time, and language.
New York : Columbia University Press, c2011
(DLC) 2010022971
(OCoLC)635463859
Named Person: Richard Taylor
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Foster Wallace; Steven M Cahn; Maureen Eckert
ISBN: 9780231527071 0231527071
OCLC Number: 694147464
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 252 p.) : ill.
Contents: 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 --
The essay. Renewing the fatalist conversation / Maureen Eckert --
Richard Taylor's "fatalism" and the semantics of physical modality / David Foster Wallace --
Epilogue. David Foster Wallace as student: a memoir / Jay Garfield.
Responsibility: David Foster Wallace ; edited by Steven M. Cahn and Maureen Eckert ; introduction by James Ryerson ; epilogue by Jay Garfield.

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