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  • noun philosophy The theory that material objects have distinct temporal parts throughout their existence, rather than being persistent individuals that move through time.


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  • The issue here is not the truth of endurantism and perdurantism as accounts of the persistence of objects and events.

    Auditory Perception

  • Lewis says that this argument supports the rival theory of perdurantism, which says that objects persist by having different temporal parts at different times.

    Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Properties

  • In conjunction with perdurantism, this entails that all the facts about a given persisting object supervene upon intrinsic facts about its briefest temporal parts.

    Temporal Parts

  • Suggested Reading: Broad (1927, chapter 2) is an early discussion of the links between perdurantism and STR; see also Quine (1960, p. 172); Rea (1998b, section 1.1) responds.

    Temporal Parts

  • A third argument from STR to perdurantism does not rely on the claim that STR is out-and-out incompatible with endurantism.

    Temporal Parts

  • In principle, yes, but this would be strategically unwise: accepting the possibility of complete coincidence without identity leaves perdurantism with no advantage over the standard endurantist account of coincidence.

    Temporal Parts

  • But the combination of universalism and perdurantism permits a less radical version of the view: there are lots of four-dimensional objects which share temporal parts with the wheeled thing in your bike shed, and it's up to us which one of those counts as a

    Temporal Parts

  • Or are eternalists free to choose between endurantism and perdurantism?

    Temporal Parts

  • Some perdurantists stick with perdurantism, but reject Humean Supervenience.

    Temporal Parts

  • A first argument from STR to perdurantism goes as follows: STR shows space to be much like time, objects extend in space by having spatial parts, so objects persist through time by having temporal parts.

    Temporal Parts


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