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The Language and Reality of Time

Thomas Sattig

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199279524
eISBN:
9780191604041
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199279527.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The book develops a comprehensive framework for doing philosophy of time. It brings together a variety of different perspectives, linking the ordinary conception of time with the physicist’s ... More


Particulars

David M. Armstrong

in Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199590612
eISBN:
9780191723391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590612.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

It is argued that particulars have only a ‘loose and popular’ identity over time (Bishop Butler), ‘perdurantist’ rather than ‘endurantist’. For an unchanging particular we need to go to a ... More


Three‐Dimensionalism and Four‐Dimensionalism

Thomas Sattig

in The Language and Reality of Time

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199279524
eISBN:
9780191604041
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199279527.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Part of the problem of temporal supervenience is the problem of spatiotemporal location: how are objects located in spacetime? This chapter provides a detailed statement of various answers to this ... More


Persistence, Location, and Multilocation in 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/9780199579921.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

Major views of persistence—endurantism, perdurantism and exdurantism—are stated in a generic spacetime framework, based on the underlying concept of ’achronal region’. This requires the resources of ... More


Balls and All

Daniel Nolan

in Mereology and Location

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199593828
eISBN:
9780191758911
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593828.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter describes a view of the nature of physical objects, their mereological connections to each other, and their relation to spacetime. The key primitives of this view are two spatio-temporal ... More


Metaphysics and the Hypertime Hypothesis

Hud Hudson

in The Fall and Hypertime

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198712695
eISBN:
9780191781025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712695.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Dynamic accounts of substantivalist spacetime, such as the Growing Block Theory, can provide intriguing and compelling motivation for the epistemic possibility of the even more liberal Morphing Block ... More


Changing Dance Works

Anna Pakes

in Choreography Invisible: The Disappearing Work of Dance

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780199988211
eISBN:
9780190071448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199988211.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Dance

The chapter discusses how variability and change pose particular issues for an ontology of dance works as structures of action-types, which prompts consideration of some alternative positions. The ... More


Fragmenting the Wave Function

Jonathan Simon

in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Volume 11

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198828198
eISBN:
9780191866852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198828198.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This paper develops and defends a new account of B-theoretic endurantism and a new account of the metaphysics of the quantum state, and highlights the parallels between the considerations that ... More


The Moving Spotlight

Ross P. Cameron

in The Moving Spotlight: An Essay on Time and Ontology

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198713296
eISBN:
9780191781728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713296.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter presents a moving spotlight theory that provides truthmakers for every truth about how things were or will be. On the view defended, past, present, and future beings are all real, but ... More


What is Time?

R. T. Mullins

in The End of the Timeless God

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198755180
eISBN:
9780191816543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755180.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter provides a basic introduction to the nature of time. One cannot properly begin to assess God’s relationship to time without knowing some of the basic concepts, theories, and issues ... More


Persistence Explained

Neil E. Williams

in The Powers Metaphysic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198833574
eISBN:
9780191872006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833574.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Chapter 8 offers an account of object persistence in terms of the exercising of causal powers. It is argued that there are a number of problems of persistence, and that the question of how ... More


Analytic Phenomenology: A Metaphysical Manifesto

Philip Goff

in Consciousness and Fundamental Reality

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190677015
eISBN:
9780190677046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190677015.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter outlines a consciousness-based approach to metaphysics: analytic phenomenology. Chapter 5 argued that introspection reveals the essential nature of our conscious states. Analytic ... More


Paradoxes of Identity

Ryan Wasserman

in Paradoxes of Time Travel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198793335
eISBN:
9780191841989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793335.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Chapter 6 looks at some of the puzzles that arise in cases where time travelers visit their former (or future) selves. Section 1 presents the main paradox of self-visitation and draws a guiding ... More


Concrete Entities

Michael Jubien

in Possibility

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199232789
eISBN:
9780191809798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199232789.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

When asked the question ‘what is there?’ the instinctive response would be that there are physical things or substances dispersed all throughout the universe, which might not be a very precise answer ... More


Ontology and Alternative Languages

Eli Hirsch

in Quantifier Variance and Realism: Essays in Metaontology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199732111
eISBN:
9780190267506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199732111.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses the ontology of Rudolph Carnap, which states that all ontological issues amount to nothing more than choosing one language or another—a position the author cannot entirely ... More


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