<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Loux (Michael) - Endurantism and Perdurantism (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PaperSummary_2002.htm">Endurantism and Perdurantism</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/L/Author_Loux (Michael).htm">Loux (Michael)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Loux - Metaphysics - Contemporary Readings</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PaperSummary_2002.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PapersToNotes_2002.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Introduction</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Except for the occasional sceptic, we all believe that things persist through time. We think that the familiar objects and persons with which we interact on a regular basis persist from day to day. I believe that the chair on which I am sitting is the same chair on which I sat yesterday and that the man who brings me today's mail is the same person who delivered yesterday's mail; and I believe that the same is true of myself. Indeed, it almost seems misleading to say that I believe that I persist through time. The claim strikes us as too guarded: it seems to suggest that I might be in some doubt about my persistence through time. The fact is, however, that the proposition that I  this very person  existed yesterday and the day before that and the day before that is about as certain to me as any proposition. </li><li>But what is it for a thing  whether a material object or a person  to persist through time? Metaphysicians have given us two different types of answers to this question. <ul type="disc"><li>According to one answer, for an object to persist through time is for it to exist whole and entire at each of several different times. On this view, temporal persistence is a matter of strict identity: where something persists through time, a thing existing wholly and completely at one time is numerically identical with a thing existing wholly and completely at another time. </li><li>The other answer to our question denies that what exists wholly and completely at one time can be literally identical with something existing wholly and completely at another time. On this view, a thing persists by having different parts  what are called temporal parts  existing at different times. </li></ul>The first answer to our question is called <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">endurantism</A><SUP>1</SUP>; the second, perdurantism. </li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T05:51" pubdate>02/08/2018 05:51:41</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>