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Four-Dimensionalism

An Ontology of Persistence and Time

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Four-Dimensionalism by Theodore Sider
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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 presentism, the thesis that only the present is real. Arguments offered in favour of four-dimensionalism include novel arguments based on time travel, the debate beween spacetime substantivalists and relationalists, and vagueness. Also included is a comprehensive discussion of the paradoxes of coinciding material objects, and a novel resolution of those paradoxes based on temporal counterpart theory. In conclusion Sider replies to prominent objections to four-dimensionalism, including discussion of the problem of the rotating homogenous disk. Four Dimensionalism is an original and highly readable study of the metaphysics of time and identity.

Author Biography

Ted Sider is Professor of Philosophy at New York University
Release date NZ
October 25th, 2001
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
14 figures
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
280
Dimensions
145x225x22
ISBN-13
9780199244430
Product ID
2064668

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