Temporal Parts and Timeless Parthood
Olson (Eric)
Source: Nous 40: 738-752, 2006
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  1. What is a temporal part?
  2. Most accounts explain it in terms of timeless parthood: a thing's having a part without temporal qualification.
  3. Some find this hard to understand, and thus find the view that persisting things have temporal parts — four-dimensionalism — unintelligible.
  4. T. Sider offers to help by defining temporal parthood in terms of a thing's having a part at a time.
  5. I argue that no such account can capture the notion of a temporal part that figures in orthodox four-dimensionalism: temporal parts must be timeless parts.
  6. This enables us to state four-dimensionalism more clearly.


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