Review Of ' Six Days Three Days ' Essay

1064 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
In the story Six Months Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders, Doug and Judy both possess psychic abilities; they are able to recall future events. Doug can only see one set of events, the future, what he says is the only way that events will unfold. On the other hand, Judy sees many futures. She believes that there are many ways the future may pass. Doug believes that Judy is seeing one true future, the one he sees, amidst many false ones. He can be called a determinist, one who believes that at any given moment there is exactly one physical future. Free will seems to be a mutually exclusive concept, which Judy believes in. Throughout their relationship they confront these clashing viewpoints. Judy believes that there is a chance that their relationship may end in six months and three days, whereas Doug thinks that it absolutely will. According to David Lewis, they can both be right, and should stop arguing. The relationship does in fact end in that allotted time, but not in the way it was foresaw. This essay will analyze this situation to show that Lewis’s “can” argument is applicable to Doug and Judy’s relationship.
Lewis’s argument of “can” involves taking context into account. In different contexts, something may/may not be possible. To explain, Lewis uses the example of the grandfather paradox, where there is Tim who travels back in time to kill his grandfather. In terms of his ability to kill, it is entirely possible that Tim can kill his grandfather. He’s gun is loaded,…

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