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Four-dimensionalism : an ontology of persistence and time

Author: Theodore Sider
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Four-Dimensionalism defends the thesis that the material world is composed of temporal as well as spatial parts. This defense includes a novel account of persistence over time, new arguments in favour of the four-dimensional ontology, and responses to the challenges four-dimensionalism faces." "Theodore Sider pays particular attention to the philosophy of time, including a strong series of arguments against  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Sider
ISBN: 019924443X 9780199244430 9780199263523 0199263523 0191529583 9780191529580
OCLC Number: 47081311
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2003 American Philosophical Association Prize.
Description: xxiv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. The Four-Dimensional Picture --
2. Against Presentism. 1. Two issues in the philosophy of time: ontology and tense. 2. Cross-time spatial relations. 3. The truth-maker objection. 4. Presentism and special relativity --
3. Three- and Four-Dimensionalism Stated. 1. Why fuss over formulation? 2. Four-dimensional stated. 3. What is three-dimensionalism? 4. Perdurance, endurance, presentism, and eternalism --
4. In Favor of Four-Dimensionalism, Part 1. 1. Russell's argument from parsimony. 2. The argument from logic. 3. The A-theory of time is incoherent. 4. Four-dimensionalism and special relativity. 5. Space and time are analogous. 6. The problem of temporary intrinsics. 7. Arguments from exotica. 8. The argument from spacetime.
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