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Persistence and Spacetime

Yuri Balashov


Material objects persist through time and survive change. How do they manage to do so? What are the underlying facts of persistence? Do objects persist by being ”wholly present” at all moments of time at which they exist? Or do they persist by having distinct ”temporal segments” confined to the corresponding times? Are objects three‐dimensional entities extended in space, but not in time? Or are they four‐dimensional spacetime ”worms”? These are matters of intense debate, which is now driven by concerns about two major issues in fundamental ontology: parthood and location. It is in this contex ... More

Keywords: persistence, spacetime, endurance, perdurance, exdurance, three‐dimensionalism, four‐dimensionalism, parthood, location, ontology, vagueness, temporal part, relativity theory, Einstein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579921
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579921.001.0001


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Yuri Balashov, author
University of Georgia
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