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Similarly, Aristotle in considering the circularity of cosmic time claimed that we can with equal right claim that we live prior to the war of Troy as that we live after it. " In truth, Godel's universe would indeed be hospitable to causal anomalies of the weirdest kind of which even Nietzsche's cyclical universe would be free. For in the doctrine of 'eternal recurrence' advocated by Nietzsche and the ancient Stoics before him, all the world-lines would be closed, thus restoring identically the previous state of the universe in all its details, an odd and intrinsically unverifiable hypothesis which nevertheless would avoid the local intrinsic absurdities which the notion of self-intersecting world-lines implies.

33 Albert E. Blumberg, 'Emile Meyerson's Critique of Positivism,' The Monist 42 (1932) 60-79. 34 M. Capek, Bergson and Modern Physics, Part I, pp. 3- 80. 3S Elie Zahar, 'Einstein, Meyerson and the Role of Mathematics in Physical Discovery,' British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 31(1980) 1-43, esp. p. 11. , Paris: Alcan, 1912) [Identity and Reality, trans. Kate Loewenberg (New York: Macmillan, 1930] and De ['explication dans les sciences (paris: Payot, 1921). In the same way as we examined analogous concepts in those works, here we shall study the concepts of Einstein and his continuators from a strictly limited point of view, attempting to expose the thought processes used by these scientists and their supporters.

25 Most recently, Karl Popper claimed on the basis of two letters of Wolfgang Pauli to Max Born in 1954 that Einstein eventually gave up his belief in the deterministic fourdimensional 'block-universe: Abstracts of the Seventh International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science at Salzburg, Austria (1983, Vol. IV, p. 176). 6 INTRODUCTION liii But this view is difficult to reconcile with Einstein's letter on March 25, 1955 quoted above. The only thing that the two Pauli letters prove is that Einstein was more concerned about epistemological realism than about determinism, not that he rejected determinism definitely and unambiguously.

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