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Single Idea 21388

[catalogued under 3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 10. Making Future Truths]

Full Idea

True future events cannot be such as do not possess causes on account of which they will happen; therefore that which is true must possess causes: and so, when the [true future events] happen they will have happened as a result of destiny.

Gist of Idea

The causes of future true events must exist now, so they will happen because of destiny


report of Chrysippus (fragments/reports [c.240 BCE]) by M. Tullius Cicero - On Fate ('De fato') 9.23-8

Book Reference

Long,A.A.: 'Hellenistic Philosophy' [Duckworth 1986], p.102

A Reaction

[exact ref unclear] Presumably the current causes are the truthmakers for the future events, and so the past is the truthmaker of the future, if you are a determinist.

Related Ideas

Idea 21389 Carneades distinguished logical from causal necessity, when talking of future events [Long on Carneades]

Idea 21390 Future events are true if one day we will say 'this event is happening now' [Carneades]