Scala and the Spinning Spheres
Zimmerman (Dean)
Source: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64, 2002, 398-405
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    I have argued that contemporary Humeans face a trilemma: either (i) give up temporal parts, (ii) deny the Humean supervenience1 of causal relations, or (iii) deny the possibility of there being a difference between rotating and nonrotating homogeneous spheres. Mark Scala ("Homogeneous Simples", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 64, 2002) describes an interesting class of seemingly possible objects, spinning and stationary simples; and argues their possibility undermines my argument. I argue that it does not. And I conclude with a more general assessment of the status of objections to Humeanism from the possibility of homogeneous objects in motion. (PI / author): I have argued that contemporary Humeans face a trilemma: either (i) give up temporal parts, (ii) deny the Humean supervenience2 of causal relations, or (iii) deny the possibility of there being a difference between rotating and nonrotating homogeneous spheres. Mark Scala ("Homogeneous Simples", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 64, 2002) describes an interesting class of seemingly possible objects, spinning and stationary simples; and argues their possibility undermines my argument. I argue that it does not. And I conclude with a more general assessment of the status of objections to Humeanism from the possibility of homogeneous objects in motion.

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