Temporal Parts Unmotivated
Rea (Michael)
Source: Philosophical Review 107 (1998), pp. 225–260
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    The doctrine of temporal parts has been recommended on the grounds that

    (i) it is (at least) suggested by the special theory of relativity,
    (ii) it is the only view that makes sense out of the possibility of intrinsic change,
    (iii) it is the only view consistent with the doctrine of Humean supervenience1; and
    (iv) it makes better sense than its competitor out of the possibility of fission.

    I argue that none of (i)-(iv) and that, therefore the doctrine of temporal parts stands unmotivated.

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