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Persistence and Spacetime

Yuri Balashov

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199579921
eISBN:
9780191722899
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579921.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

Material objects persist through time and survive change. How do they manage to do so? What are the underlying facts of persistence? Do objects persist by being ”wholly present” at all moments of ... More


How Things Persist

Katherine Hawley

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199275434
eISBN:
9780191699818
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275434.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

How do things persist? Are material objects spread out through time just as they are spread out through space? Or is temporal persistence quite different from spatial extension? This key question ... More


Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time

Theodore Sider

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244430
eISBN:
9780191598425
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019924443X.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

According to ‘four‐dimensionalism’, temporally extended things are composed of temporal parts. Most four‐dimensionalists identify ordinary continuants—the persisting objects ordinary language ... More


Strange Coexistence?

Yuri Balashov

in Persistence and Spacetime

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199579921
eISBN:
9780191722899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579921.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

CASH‐based account of coexistence in Minkowski spacetime, developed in Chapter 6, is put to work to argue for the perdurance view of persistence against its endurance and exdurance rivals. The ... More


Shapes and Other Arrangements in Minkowski Spacetime

Yuri Balashov

in Persistence and Spacetime

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199579921
eISBN:
9780191722899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579921.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

Shapes and other spatial arrangements are perspectival phenomena in Minkowski spacetime, as they are relative to a reference frame. The fact is used to develop another argument favoring perdurance ... More


Introduction

Katherine Hawley

in How Things Persist

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199275434
eISBN:
9780191699818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275434.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Persistence and identity are important aspects of human practice and used in courts of law when investigating a case. This book examines the metaphysics as to the manner in which people persist and ... More


Sameness and Difference

Katherine Hawley

in How Things Persist

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199275434
eISBN:
9780191699818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275434.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In the center of stability is how things persist amidst varying state of changes from the casual process of daily routine and endurance of an object specifically explained in the example of a book ... More


Sticking Stages Together

Katherine Hawley

in How Things Persist

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199275434
eISBN:
9780191699818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275434.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Identical cases of stages are summed up as what works for one person may work for the other, such as the instance of sitting on a chair and looking out the same window. The series does not ... More


Vagueness

Katherine Hawley

in How Things Persist

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199275434
eISBN:
9780191699818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275434.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Being familiar with an object or a place can be given empirical investigation on the vague changes that are occurring, especially in the case of not entirely knowing how a restaurant transformed. ... More


Sheer Coincidence?

Katherine Hawley

in How Things Persist

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199275434
eISBN:
9780191699818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275434.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Surviving under the same circumstances of an organism can be demonstrated on the human body's persistence if one part of it which could be the bones or the brain is damaged and this is one factor ... More


Modality

Katherine Hawley

in How Things Persist

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199275434
eISBN:
9780191699818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275434.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Temporary coincidence of two objects, such as in the case of two lumps of clay forming a statue but are destroyed, provides it with modal features since both have different persistence conditions. ... More


Epilogue

Katherine Hawley

in How Things Persist

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199275434
eISBN:
9780191699818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275434.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Opponents of endurance and perdurance theory are becoming confusing when arguing about how things persist and claims on how it existed rather than basing it on the time and venue. The analogy between ... More


The Four‐Dimensional Picture

Theodore Sider

in Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244430
eISBN:
9780191598425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019924443X.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Four‐dimensionalism may be made vivid by pictures: an object with temporal parts persisting through time is like a road with spatial parts extending across space. The attraction of this picture ... More


Three‐ and Four‐Dimensionalism Stated

Theodore Sider

in Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244430
eISBN:
9780191598425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019924443X.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Four‐dimensionalism may be given a rigorous and canonical formulation acceptable to both its supporters and opponents; meaningful debate as to the truth of this thesis may then proceed. This is more ... More


In Favor of Four‐Dimensionalism Part 1

Theodore Sider

in Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244430
eISBN:
9780191598425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019924443X.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Some traditional arguments for four‐dimensionalism are weak: denying four‐dimensionalism does not prohibit the application of modern logic to natural language, does not imply the A‐theory of time and ... More


In Favor of Four‐Dimensionalism, Part 2: The Best Unified Theory of the Paradoxes of Coincidence

Theodore Sider

in Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244430
eISBN:
9780191598425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019924443X.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

We need a general solution to a cluster of related paradoxes in which numerically distinct material objects appear to share exactly the same parts. Those paradoxes include the statue and the lump of ... More


Persons as Biological Processes: A Bio-Processual Way Out of the Personal Identity Dilemma

Anne Sophie Meincke

in Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198779636
eISBN:
9780191824685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198779636.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Human persons exist longer than a single moment in time; they persist through time. However, so far it has not been possible to make this natural and widespread assumption metaphysically ... More


Persistence and Responsibility

Neal A. Tognazzini

in Time and Identity

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014090
eISBN:
9780262265799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014090.003.0126
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines the question regarding what persistence through time amounts to. That individuals persist through time is not in question. Rather, this chapter will delve into a genuine ... More


Descartes on Persistence and Temporal Parts

Geoffrey Gorham

in Time and Identity

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014090
eISBN:
9780262265799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014090.003.0139
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses the “real distinction” between the mind and the body and a demonstration of the immortality of the soul as demonstrated in Descartes’s Meditations. Early readers of Descartes’s ... More


Why Does Change Seem Dynamic?

Simon Prosser

in Experiencing Time

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198748946
eISBN:
9780191811579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748946.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

Change is experienced as having a ‘dynamic’ quality that strikes many people as inconsistent with the ‘static block’ of the B-theory. This chapter offers an explanation. Firstly it suggests that this ... More


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