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- n. permanence, persistence
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Long continuance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as perduration.
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According to the perdurance account, a persisting thing (such as a person or a cat or a table) is a four-dimensional object that is not wholly present at any one time.
According to perdurance theory, rather, it is a property of a
For, as we have just seen, the argument against perdurance theory outlined at the end of the last section depends on the correct interpretation of modal discourse.
If Tabby is fat on Monday, that is a relation between Tabby and Monday, and if perdurance is rejected it is an irreducible relation between Tabby and Monday.
Stage theorists have to pay a price for this advantage over perdurance theory, however.
However, the most tempting option for the endurance theorist, which keeps closest to common sense, is to accept that the case is one of vagueness, deny the multiplicity of entities embraced by the perdurance theorist and reject Evans's argument against vague identity.
If perdurance is rejected, the ascription of dated or tensed properties to objects must be regarded as assertions of irreducible relations between objects and times.
But that maximal summation of person-stages which, according to perdurance theory, is me and has a temporal extent of at least fifty years, could not have had a temporal extent of a mere five years.
One way of describing the position of the perdurance theorist, then, is to say that he denies the existence of a distinct ontological category of persisting things, or substances.
The argument for perdurance which has been most hotly debated recently is due to David Lewis (1986).