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Fate, Time, and Language

An Essay on Free Will

Fate, Time, and Language( )
Author: Cahn, Steven M.
Garfield, Jay L.
Wallace, David Foster
Introduction by: Ryerson, James
Editor: Eckert, Maureen
ISBN:978-0-231-15157-3
Publication Date:Dec 2010
Publisher:Columbia University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $19.95
Book Description:

In 1962, the philosopher Richard Taylor used six commonly accepted presuppositions to imply that human beings have no control over the future. David Foster Wallace not only took issue with Taylor's method, which, according to him, scrambled the relations of logic, language, and the physical world, but also noted a semantic trick at the heart of Taylor's argument. Fate, Time, and Language presents Wallace's brilliant critique of Taylor's work. Written long before the...
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Book Details
Pages:264
Detailed Subjects: Philosophy / Free Will & Determinism
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / Semantics
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.421 x 8.073 x 0.568 Inches
Book Weight:0.678 Pounds
Author Biography
Cahn, Steven M. (Author)
Writer David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York on February 21, 1962. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He was working on his master's degree in creative writing at the University of Arizona when he published his debut novel The Broom of the System (1987).

Wallace published his second novel Infinite Jest (1996) which introduced a cast of characters that included recovering alcoholics, foreign statesmen, residents of a halfway house, and high-school tennis stars. He spent four years researching and writing this novel. His first collection of short stories was Girl with Curious Hair (1989). He also published a nonfiction work titled Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present. He committed suicide on September 12, 2008 at the age of 46 after suffering with bouts of depression for 20 years.

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