On Stages, Worms, and Relativity
Balashov (Yuri)
Source: Time, Reality, and Experience, Craig Callender, ed. Cambridge University Press, 2002
Paper - Abstract

Paper StatisticsBooks / Papers Citing this PaperNotes Citing this PaperDisclaimer

Author’s Abstract

  1. Four-dimensionalism, or perdurantism1, 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 theory2.
  2. 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.
  3. The stage theorist, however, claims, not that perduring objects have stages, but that the fundamental entities of the perdurantist3 ontology are stages.
  4. I argue that considerations of special relativity favor the worm theory over the stage theory4.


See Link (Defunct).

Text Colour Conventions (see disclaimer)

  1. Blue: Text by me; © Theo Todman, 2020
  2. Mauve: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); © the author(s)

© Theo Todman, June 2007 - Apr 2020. Please address any comments on this page to theo@theotodman.com. 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