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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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Persisting Objects in Minkowski Spacetime

Persisting Objects in Minkowski Spacetime

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Persistence and Spacetime

Yuri Balashov (Contributor Webpage)

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The chapter situates the rival view of persistence in the relativistic framework of Minkowski spacetime. This immediately introduces novel features (such as ”crisscrossing slices” and ”corner slices” of objects' paths) and raises questions about the very legitimacy of relativistic endurance and exdurance. These questions are further examined in a historical review of important earlier work by Quine and Smart and in a critical discussion of recent work. Special attention is given to reconciling the existence of ”crisscrossing slices” with the demands of a suitable version of a principle, due to Gilmore, that ”multilocation requires immanent causation” (MURIC). The overall conclusion of the chapter is that none of the major views of persistence is a non‐starter in Minkowski spacetime, and none seems to be seriously handicapped. If any view enjoys a privilege, more work is needed to demonstrate it. The following chapters take up this task.

Keywords:   relativistic persistence, Minkowski spacetime, crisscrossing slices, corner slices, immanent causation, Quine Smart, Gilmore, MURIC

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