Studies in Talmudic Logic
|Temporal Logic in the Talmud|
Michael Abraham, Israel Belfer, Dov Gabbay, and Uri Schild
This book studies Talmudic temporal logic and compares it with the logic of time in contemporary law. Following a general introduction about the logical handling of time, the book examines several key Talmudic debates involving time. The book finds that we need multi-dimensional temporal models with backward causation and parallel histories.
It seems that two major issues are involved:
1. Actions conditional about future actions (Tenayim), connecting with backward causality;
2. Actions involving entities defined using future events (Breira), connecting with ideas from quantum mechanics.
The book concludes with a general comparative discussion of the handling of time in general law and in the Talmud.
19 April 2011
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