Temporal Parts
Hawley (Katherine)
Source: Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, 2004-15
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  1. Material objects extend through space by having different spatial parts in different places. But how do they persist through time?
  2. According to some philosophers, things have temporal parts as well as spatial parts: accepting this is supposed to help us solve a whole bunch of metaphysical problems, and keep our philosophy in line with modern physics.
  3. Other philosophers disagree, arguing that neither metaphysics nor physics give us good reason to believe in temporal parts.

  1. Introduction
  2. What are Temporal Parts, and Which Things are Supposed to Have Them?
  3. Change
  4. Coincidence
    → 4.1 Temporary Coincidence
    → 4.2 Permanent Coincidence
  5. Vagueness
  6. Time and Temporal Parts
  7. Special Relativity and Temporal Parts
  8. Relations between Temporal Parts
  9. Do People have Temporal Parts?
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