Homogeneous Simples
Scala (Mark)
Source: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64, 2002, 393-397
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    I give reasons to suggest that the various 'homogeneous substance' objections to perdurance1 theory should not be regarded as raising serious difficulties. The main strategy is to show that there are equally exotic possibilities involving extended mereological simples that may turn the tables on the endurance theorist, insofar as she will have difficulties with these cases analogous to those she raises for the perdurantist2. I conclude that such exotic cases are less useful that we might suppose in adjudicating between these competing doctrines of persistence. (PI / Author): I give reasons to suggest that the various ‘homogeneous substance’ objections to perdurance3 theory should not be regarded as raising serious difficulties. The main strategy is to show that there are equally exotic possibilities involving extended mereological simples that may turn the tables on the endurance theorist, insofar as she will have difficulties with these cases analogous to those she raises for the perdurantist4. I conclude that such exotic cases are less useful than we might suppose in adjudicating between these competing doctrines of persistence.

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