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The metaphysics of identity over time

Author: David S Oderberg
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The standard account of the persistence of objects through time and change is the classical theory of spatio-temporal continuity. It is thought that an informative grounding of identity can be given in terms of what is seen to be a common-sense notion. Apart from being prone to numerous counter-examples which show continuity to be neither necessary nor sufficient for identity, it is also shown to require an ontology  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David S Oderberg
ISBN: 0312102089 9780312102081 0333593510 9780333593516
OCLC Number: 28148618
Description: ix, 228 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Continuity as the Criterion of Identity over Time: The Classical Theory of Continuity --
2. Continuity as the Criterion of Identity over Time: Continuity without Stages? --
3. The Ontology of Stages (Being the Orthodox/Humean Theory of Identity) --
4. The Myth of Continuity: What's Wrong with Four-Dimensionalism? --
5. The Myth of Continuity: A Coherent Ontology? --
6. Some Problems of Identity over Time Considered --
7. Fission, Intermittence and the Primitiveness of Identity.
Responsibility: David S. Oderberg.

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This book is a systematic investigation into the metaphysical foundations of identity over time. The author argues that identity over time should be seen as a primitive or unanalysable phenomenon,  Read more...

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