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Persistence and Spacetime$
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Yuri Balashov

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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Background and Assumptions

Background and Assumptions

(p.1) 1 Background and Assumptions
Persistence and Spacetime

Yuri Balashov (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter introduces the framework for the subsequent discussion. Of special note are various assumptions adopted throughout the book. Some of them are more controversial than others and continue to be actively debated. Topics include: the relation between the debate about persistence and the philosophy of time (specifically, presentism versus eternalism, tensed versus tenseless theories); space, time, and spacetime; atomism and composition; scope of study; and some matters of methodology. Although I attempt to make my reasons for adopting particular assumptions explicit and, where possible, note the implications of abandoning them, considerations of space prevent me from providing extended arguments in their defense. Some of these topics are revisited in later chapters.

Keywords:   presentism, eternalism, spacetime, composition, substantivalism, relationism, tensed theory of time, tenseless theory of time, Minkowski

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