Persistence and Non-Supervenient Relations
Hawley (Katherine)
Source: Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne) - Persistence : Contemporary Readings
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    I claim that, if persisting objects have temporal parts, then there are non-supervenient relations between those temporal parts. These are relations which are not determined by intrinsic properties of the temporal parts. I use the Kripke-Armstrong 'rotating homogeneous disc' argument in order to establish this claim, and in doing so I defend and develop that argument. This involves a discussion of instantaneous velocity, and of the causes and effects of rotation. Finally, I compare alternative responses to the rotating disc argument, and consider the implications of my arguments for the doctrines of Humean Supervenience1 and unrestricted mereology.

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