<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Hales (Steven D.) & Johnson (Timothy A.) - Endurantism, Perdurantism and Special Relativity (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_05/PaperSummary_5600.htm">Endurantism, Perdurantism and Special Relativity</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/H/Author_Hales (Steven D.).htm">Hales (Steven D.)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/J/Author_Johnson (Timothy A.).htm">Johnson (Timothy A.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophical Quarterly, 2003, Vol. 53 Issue 213, p524, 16p</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5600.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PapersToNotes_5600.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">There are two main theories about the persistence of objects through time. <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">Endurantists</A><SUP>1</SUP> hold that<BR>objects are three-dimensional, have only spatial parts, and wholly exist at each moment of their<BR>existence. Perdurantists hold that objects are four-dimensional, have temporal parts, and exist only<BR>partly at each moment of their existence. We argue that <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">endurantism</A><SUP>2</SUP> is poorly suited to describe the<BR>persistence of objects in a world governed by special relativity, and it can accommodate a relativistic<BR>world only at a high price not worth paying. Perdurantism, on the other hand, fits beautifully with<BR>our current scientific understanding of the world. We use only the implications of the Lorentz<BR>transformations, without appeal to geometrical interpretations, dimensional analogies or auxiliary<BR>premises like temporal eternalism.</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="2018-08-02T06:35" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:35:06</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>