Three-Dimensionalism and Four-Dimensionalism
Sattig (Thomas)
Source: Sattig - The Language and Reality of Time, Chapter 2
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Author's Introduction1

  1. Part of the problem of temporal supervenience2 is the problem of spatiotemporal location: how are objects located in spacetime?
  2. In Chapter 2, I provide a detailed statement of various answers to this problem. Knowing the possible forms of spatiotemporal location is crucial for structuring the discussion of the problem of temporal supervenience3. The main answers to the problem of spatiotemporal location are three-dimensionalism and four-dimensionalism. The three-dimensionalist holds that an object occupies many temporally unextended regions of spacetime, whereas the four-dimensionalist holds that an object occupies only a single temporally extended region of spacetime. Subsequently to stating these accounts of spatiotemporal location, I discuss the relationship of three-dimensionalism and four-dimensionalism to other theses and theories, including the theory of temporal parts, endurantism4, perdurantism5, eternalism, and presentism.

  1. Objects in Spacetime
  2. Temporal Parts and Temporal Counterpans
  3. Endurantism6 and Perdurantism7
  4. Eternalism and Presentism


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