The temporal epistemic anomaly


  • Peter Riggs Australian National University


Temporal anomaly, Causal loop, Non-invented information, Backwards causation, Time travel.


It is not uncommon in time travel stories to find that the mechanism by which the time travel is achieved is not invented. A time traveller could journey to his/her own past and give the designs of the time travel machine to his/her earlier self as s/he was given the designs as a younger person. These designs never get thought up by anyone. Such a situation would conflict with the usual conception of the acquisition of knowledge. This situation is called the Temporal Epistemic Anomaly and would arise if knowledge is gained at a time prior to the information in question being transmitted but is not discovered or invented at any time. This article examines the implications of information propagating around a causal chain that is closed in time (which is required to create the Anomaly) and whether this information need have a specific origin point.


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Peter Riggs, Australian National University

Research School of Physics and Engineering Quantum Science Building 38a Science Road , Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601 Australia


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RIGGS, P. The temporal epistemic anomaly. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 41, n. 3, p. 1–28, 2018. Disponível em: Acesso em: 30 set. 2022.