<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Loux (Michael) - Concrete Particulars II: Persistence Through Time (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_04/PaperSummary_4174.htm">Concrete Particulars II: Persistence Through Time</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/L/Author_Loux (Michael).htm">Loux (Michael)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Loux - Metaphysics - A Contemporary Introduction, 2002, Chapter 6</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4174.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PapersToNotes_4174.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 Overview</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>There are two accounts of what it is for a concrete particular to persist through time: <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">endurantism</A><SUP>1</SUP> and perdurantism. The <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">endurantist</A><SUP>2</SUP> claims that for a concrete particular to persist through time is for it to exist wholly and completely at different times. The perdurantist, by contrast, denies that it is possible for numerically one and the same concrete particular to exist at different times. On this view, a concrete particular is an aggregate or whole made up of different temporal parts, each existing at its own time; and for a particular to persist from one time to another is for it to have different temporal parts existing at those different times. </li><li><a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">Endurantist</A><SUP>3</SUP> accounts of persistence are typically associated with a presentist account of time, where only what exists in the present is real; whereas perdurantism is typically associated with an eternalist conception of time. On this view, time is just another dimension on a par with the three spatial dimensions; and all times and their contents are equally real. </li><li>Since perdurantism appears to involve a rejection of our common-sense picture of the world, perdurantists have felt the need to argue for their view. Their arguments typically focus on the concept of change. One important argument here is that a perdurantist, but not an <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">endurantist</A><SUP>4</SUP> account enables us to provide a consistent characterization of a particular's change in its properties. Another is that perdurantism, but not <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">endurantism</A><SUP>5</SUP> can give a satisfactory account of one kind of change - change in parts. <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">Endurantists</A><SUP>6</SUP> challenge these arguments; and the interchange between <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">endurantists</A><SUP>7</SUP> and perdurantists on these issues represents one of the central debates in current metaphysics.</li></ol></FONT><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Two theories of persistence - <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">endurantism</A><SUP>8</SUP> and perdurantism</li><li>Two theories of time - presentism and eternalism</li><li>The ontology of perdurantism</li><li>An argument for perdurantism - change in properties</li><li>A second argument for perdurantism - change in parts </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR><a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">Endurantism</A><SUP>9</SUP>, Perdurantism, Presentism and Eternalism<BR><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="2018-08-02T06:17" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:17:27</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>