|On Stages, Worms, and Relativity|
|Source: Time, Reality, and Experience, Craig Callender, ed. Cambridge University Press, 2002|
|Paper - Abstract|
|Paper Statistics||Notes Citing this Paper||Disclaimer|
Four-dimensionalism, or perdurantism, the view that temporally extended objects persist through time by having (spatio-)temporal parts or stages, includes two varieties, the worm theory and the stage theory1. According to the worm theory, perduring objects are four-dimensional wholes occupying determinate regions of spacetime and having temporal parts, or stages, each of them confined to a particular time. The stage theorist, however, claims, not that perduring objects have stages, but that the fundamental entities of the perdurantist ontology are stages. I argue that considerations of special relativity favor the worm theory over the stage theory2.
See Link (Defunct).
Text Colour Conventions (see disclaimer)
|© Theo Todman, June 2007 - Oct 2018.||Please address any comments on this page to firstname.lastname@example.org.||File output: |
Website Maintenance Dashboard
|Return to Top of this Page||Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page||Return to Theo Todman's Home Page|