Four-Dimensionalism : An Ontology of Persistence and Time

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Four-Dimensionalism defends the thesis that the material world is composed of temporal as well as spatial parts. This defense includes a novel account of persistence over time, new arguments in favour of the four-dimensional ontology, and responses to the challenges four-dimensionalism faces.
Theodore Sider pays particular attention to the philosophy of time, including a strong series of arguments against presentism, the thesis that only the present is real. Arguments offered in favour of four-dimensionalism include novel arguments based on time travel, the debate beween spacetime substantivalists and relationalists, and vagueness. Also included is a comprehensive discussion of the paradoxes of coinciding material objects, and a novel resolution of those paradoxes based on temporal
counterpart theory. In conclusion Sider replies to prominent objections to four-dimensionalism, including discussion of the problem of the rotating homogenous disk.
Four Dimensionalism is an original and highly readable study of the metaphysics of time and identity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 16mm | 364g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 figures
  • 0199263523
  • 9780199263523
  • 438,273

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. The Four-Dimensional Picture ; 2. Against Presentism ; 3. Three- and Four-Dimensionalism Stated ; 4. In Favor of Four-Dimensionalism Part 1 ; 5. In Favor of Four-Dimensionalism Part 2: The Best Unified Theory of the Paradoxes of Coincidence ; 6. Arguments against Four-Dimensionalism ; Bibliography, Index
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For many years to come, this is sure to be the locus classicus with respect to which all those engaged with the literature on persistence must position themselves. * Kathrin Koslicki, Philosophical Review * This is simply a superb book in metaphysics - handsomely written, cleverly argued, and exceedingly clear. * Hud Hudson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * Sider does not deny that this four-dimensionalist conception of persisting things is counterintuitive. His claim is that, all things considered, it yields a more coherent ontology than any of its competitors. His defence of this claim is impressive: bold, clear, wide-ranging and fair-minded; it is the best of its kind on offer. * Barry Dainton, Times Literary Supplement *
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