Dr. Ned Markosian, a professor in the philosophy department at Western Washington University, will discuss the topic of time travel in the first lecture in the 2013-2014 Philosophy Today Series. His lecture, “Is Time Travel Possible?,” will be held Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in room 205 of Smith Hall on The University of Alabama campus.
Markosian will discuss the possibility of time travel to the past using the two leading theories about the nature of time: the Static Theory of Time and the Dynamic Theory of Time. He will argue that on the Dynamic Theory, time travel to the past is not possible. He will also consider the question of what people are thinking about when thinking about time travel to the past, given that such travel is not possible.
While on campus, Markosian will also give a departmental talk, “Do You Know That You Are Not a Brain In a Vat?,” Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. in room 352-A of ten Hoor Hall on the UA campus. He will also meet with students and faculty while at the Capstone.
Lectures in the Philosophy Today series are geared toward a general audience and are of interest to those in any profession or academic discipline. Sponsored by UA’s College of Arts and Sciences department of philosophy, a grant from Louis W. Perry and other alumni, and friends of the department, the presentations are free and open to the public.