Can I be an Instantaneous Stage and yet Persist Through Time?

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Abstract

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An alternative to the standard endurance/perdurance accounts of persistence has recently been developed: the stage theory (Sider, 2001; Hawley, 2001). According to this theory, a persisting object is identical with an instantaneous stage (temporal part). On the basis of Leibniz’s Law, I argue that stage theorists either have to deny the alleged identity (i.e. give up their central thesis) or hold that stages are both instantaneous and continuants. I subsequently show that, although stage theory is flexible enough to accommodate the latter claim, the cost for accommodating it is an excessive proliferation of persistence concepts.

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  • Philosophy

Keywords

  • persistence, stage theory, temporal counterparts, predication, Leibniz’s Law
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedings of the 2008 Lund-Rutgers Conference, Lund Philosophy Reports 2008:1
EditorsMartin Jönsson
PublisherLund University (Media-Tryck)
Pages78-82
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2008
Peer-reviewedYes
EventThe 2008 Lund-Rutgers Conference - Sweden

Conference

ConferenceThe 2008 Lund-Rutgers Conference
CountrySweden
Period2008/01/302008/01/31