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How Things Persist

Katherine Hawley


How do things persist? Are material objects spread out through time just as they are spread out through space? Or is temporal persistence quite different from spatial extension? This key question lies at the heart of any metaphysical exploration of the material world, and it plays a crucial part in debates about personal identity and survival. This book explores and compares three theories of persistence — endurance, perdurance, and stage theories — investigating the ways in which they attempt to account for the world around us. Having provided valuable clarification of its two main rivals, th ... More

Keywords: time, space, temporal persistence, spatial extension, metaphysics, material world, endurance, perdurance, stage theories, change

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199275434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Hawley, author
Department of Logic and Metaphysics, University of St Andrews
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