The Endurance/Perdurance Controversy is No Storm in a Teacup

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The Endurance/Perdurance Controversy is No Storm in a Teacup. / Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias.

In: Axiomathes, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2014, p. 463-482.

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T1 - The Endurance/Perdurance Controversy is No Storm in a Teacup

AU - Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - Several philosophers have maintained in recent years that the endurance/perdurance debate is merely verbal: these prima facie distinct theories of objects’ persistence are in fact metaphysically equivalent, they claim. The present paper challenges this view. Three proposed translation schemes (those set forth by Miller 2005; McCall and Lowe 2006; Hirsch 2009) are examined; all are shown to be faulty. In the process, constructive reasons for regarding the debate as a substantive one are provided. It is also suggested that the theories may have differing practical implications.

AB - Several philosophers have maintained in recent years that the endurance/perdurance debate is merely verbal: these prima facie distinct theories of objects’ persistence are in fact metaphysically equivalent, they claim. The present paper challenges this view. Three proposed translation schemes (those set forth by Miller 2005; McCall and Lowe 2006; Hirsch 2009) are examined; all are shown to be faulty. In the process, constructive reasons for regarding the debate as a substantive one are provided. It is also suggested that the theories may have differing practical implications.

KW - endurance

KW - metaphysical equivalence

KW - perdurance

KW - persistence

KW - verbal dispute

KW - deflationism

U2 - 10.1007/s10516-014-9233-z

DO - 10.1007/s10516-014-9233-z

M3 - Article

VL - 24

SP - 463

EP - 482

JO - Axiomathes

JF - Axiomathes

SN - 1572-8390

IS - 4

ER -